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

Jesse’s scenes of Los Angeles capture the essence of the city with compelling accuracy. The artist’s landscapes, often set at dusk, convey the glowing natural beauty of the West Coast, but also the industrial sprawl of California’s largest city. The juxtaposition of concrete and beaches, streetlights and sunsets represents the constant tension between humans and nature. While many of the scenes appear picturesque at a glance, upon closer look the viewer sees the omnipresence of man. And yet, amid the expansive urban jungle, the magical rays of the sun manage to shine through.