"Halsted Street Tourney" recalls Chicago’s calamitous Halsted Street, a place of immigrants and pushcarts—a thoroughfare complete with foreign sounds, smells, and languages. This is an urban piece about a Chicago location of a century ago. Most of all, this interpretation is an abstraction of the long-ago life and ghosts of Halsted Street and of the “sales tournaments” that occurred daily between competing peddlers!

This painting is framed in the best tradition of Abstract Expressionist art; a fine, handcrafted and reinforced oak frame conveys modernity—honest simplicity—to the work and will compliment any art collection.

The painting is varnished, framed, and wired to hang. The frame is hand-built red oak hardwood that measures 1.5 inches in depth and .25 inch thick.

- Joey Korom

Halsted Street Tourney

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

30" h x 30" w x 2" d
11 lbs. 6 oz.



Joey Korom
Chicago, Illinois

Getting to Know Joey

Joey Korom is an abstract expressionist painter who has been a practicing artist for 50 years. He experiments with media, colors, and textures to produce artwork that is “purely optical;” that is, artwork meant to engage the viewer, visually and emotionally, without employing any associations outside of the work itself. Joey is passionate about this expressive type of abstraction, an artistic mode that escapes the rules of perspective and realism. His educational and professional background is in architecture, which he considers to be “the father of all arts.” The use of line, shape, and proportion in Joey’s work is visibly influenced by his experience as an architect, but he seeks to avoid the rigidity involved in architectural draftsmanship. He focuses instead on underlying structure, seductive color, and loose brushwork. The artist sees his style as a personal liberation from the demands of architectural drawing, and yet, he’s never lost the disciplines he was taught.