This is the Prince Street subway station, at the corner of Prince and Broadway in Soho.

I was interested in capturing the contrasts in the light and shadow, and the warm and cool colors, with the neutral grays.  I was also interested in the tension between the orange and yellow in the bricks, and the blue, teal, and green.

It was also important to give the areas in shadow (interior, lower left, upper right) enough definition so that they would have depth. Otherwise, they would just appear flat and not have the same visual interest. This painting is on gallery wrapped linen canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Nick Savides

Prince Street

Oil painting on stretched linen

Signed on front

18" h x 24" w x .75" d
1 lbs. 13 oz.



Nick Savides
Brooklyn, New York

Getting to Know Nick

Nick learned to paint from his mother when he was a child, but it wasn’t until college that he decided to be a career artist. His realist images of New York City are inspired by the drama of the city–the changing light, the spontaneous magic. Nick begins his process with reference photographs from his daily life, often shooting the same scene at multiple times of the day. He brings the images back to his Brooklyn studio where he composes a scene in Photoshop, adding and subtracting elements from multiple photographs to achieve the perfect composition before beginning to paint. “As my artwork is realistic, one might be tempted to think they are copies from nature,” says the artist. “Really, they are composed–every detail is considered. It is a balance between what is seen, what is true to nature, and what can make a good painting.”