My paintings of mid century architecture combine both tradition and modernism. My artistic style is rooted in art history and landscape painting, so when I approach the iconic mid century architecture it is with an eye towards interpreting a contemporary subject with old world techniques. The paintings are rendered in oils on canvas using a subdued palette of warm colors, applied in layers to achieve a luminous effect. I like to focus on a detail of the building that incorporates dramatic lighting and composition. As a nod to my landscape background, I contrast the hard-edged intricate geometric shapes of the buildings with the organic forms of rugged hillsides in the background or the flowing movement of palm trees.

The building in this painting is a residence in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs with the sunrise on the mountain backdrop.  

The painting is on gallery wrap canvas finished black edges. It comes wired and ready to hang.

- Mandy Main

Mid Century Modern VI

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front and back

48" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
10 lbs. 4 oz.



Mandy Main
Rancho Mirage, California

Getting to Know Mandy

Mandy Main is an art historian and landscape painter based in the Southern California desert. She has long been passionate about 19th Century American landscape paintings, which has been influential in her artistic practice. Mandy works in series, generally three paintings at a time. Her process begins with a vision of a place she has been, but she takes creative liberties with the aesthetic details. The artist is captivated by light and shadow, and strives to instill her work with moody drama through the representation of these elements. Using layers of paint and glazes, Mandy achieves mesmerizing atmospheric depth, encouraging the viewer to gaze and be still.