Sunlight, Lispenard St (30" x 20") by Ellen Bradshaw, oil painting
While visiting a city can be a wonderful experience, there is something special about living in a city.
It is knowing your city by its details and not by its monuments.
It is the shortcut through the park on your way home or the takeout place that already knows your order. It is falling asleep to the street sounds on an ordinary Tuesday and waking up to that one beam of light that always sneaks through the shades.
The beauty of living in a city is that there is one small slice of the mega-metropolis that is yours.
The memories, stories, and styles that collect in the corners of your city space reflect your life. It the space where, despite the millions of simultaneous surrounding lives, it is unique and nuanced by you.
The City Living Collection is our curated a selection of stylish, contemporary, and (mostly) small-scale works that that helps bring a part of you, to your part of the city.
Here are some highlights from the collection:
In the way that a city literally builds upon its own history – picture a glass modern sky scrapers next to a stone old-world building – David Lavine’s hand cut paper collage, Landscape I, (7.75” x 6.5”) juxtaposes the old with the new. He ingeniously combines a detail of Michelangelo’s Adam (from a particular ceiling fresco), a jogger, an ultramarine sea, a rock formation from the Midwest. Lavine brings together images from a wide range of sources and, in turn, evokes the plexiform workings of the city.
Culture Vultures (52” x 72”), the Allen Wittert acrylic painting, is hilariously narrative. Wittert paints a multilayered scene whose stories rest in the subtleties. The title’s internal rhyme takes its poetic-license and drives the painting into a playful realm. The figures, as Wittert explains are at a high-powered auction; they are a cultured and colorful menagerie of “Type A” personalities. Three figures grit in frustration, one has just fiercely outbid the rest, can you tell who?
In Air1982 (24” x 31.5”), a print by Natalia Pawlus, Pawlus explores the rich contrast between black and white through her dynamic marks. With gestural lines that vary in width and texture she evokes both space and form offering the eye a curriculum in stark contrasts.
Amber Flora Dixon’s oil painting Pilgrim Soul (40” x 30”) shows a powerful display of personality and interiority. The portrait is of a dark-lipped female face framed by slinking green panels. The figure’s eyes are fixed on something beyond the picture plane and beyond the viewer. The words at the bottom of the canvas, “but one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,” are taken from the much anthologized William Butler Yeats’ poem “When You Are Old.”
Misters Teeth Chattered (12.5” x 15”) is Matthew Dibble’s artwork in ink that evokes the aesthetic of a new, wildly popular coloring book in a way that goes beyond mere trend. This contemporary tangle of white cutout figures is grounded in the cubist tradition. Dibble brings a fresh contemporary look to an art-historical style.
The other works in the collection are equally as varied. But it is that range – the differences in mediums, styles, and subjects– that reflect the diversity of the personalized pied-à-terre, the styled city home.