When I began this painting of downtown Los Angeles, I drew inspiration from, and made a direct comparison to, the landscape to which Thomas Moran bore witness when he made a painting in 1881 of the Green River Cliffs in Wyoming.  By that comparison I hoped to point out not only how much has changed in what it means to represent the American West in nearly 150 years, but also to suggest that our new surroundings are no less totemic.  Perhaps they are more so, since the cities we inhabit directly reflect the collective actions and policies of our society.  This view looks south down Broadway past the Catedral de la Fe (formerly the State Theater), the Eastern building, and the Ace Hotel.  This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Jesse Aldana

Broadway and 7th, Downtown LA

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

36" h x 72" w x 2" d
15 lbs. 10 oz.



Jesse Aldana
Los Angeles, California

Getting to Know Jesse

California artist Jesse Aldana uses the ritual of sunrise and sunset to capture the spirit of the west. Using a hybrid of realist brushwork and an almost surreal absence of humans, Jesse documents residential neighborhoods, main thoroughfares and coastal scenes across the great city of Los Angeles. Reminiscent of Ed Ruscha, Jesse’s work acts as both a record of the current landscape as well as a metaphor for the openness and sense of opportunity that continually draw settlers to the west coast. Jesse says of California, “the sky is an overwhelming presence.” He frames his big sky compositions with narrow palm trees and low-slung buildings at the periphery of the canvas to illustrate the scale of the scene. In doing so, the viewer can begin to appreciate the sentiment of the final frontier. Jesse works from a home studio in Los Angeles using photographs that he takes of the surrounding area as source material. He holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from The New York Academy of Art. He regularly exhibits at the Beverly Hills Art Show.