Radio CityNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Signed on front
24 " h x 36 " w x 1.25 " d |5 lbs. 13 oz.
The scene is the intersection of 6th Avenue and 50th Street, across from Radio City Music Hall. It’s late afternoon in November – in time for seasonal lights, but before all the leaves have fallen. I was inspired by the drama of the trees all lit up — an explosion of lights, leaves, yellow and green.
The composition is driven by the reds, yellows and greens, against the muted tones of the buildings. The yellow of the trees is repeated in the windows, umbrellas, and taxis. Blues are highlights. There are many layers of depth, between the shrubs in the foreground, the trees (whose widths show you the distances), the buildings, which recede through both linear and atmospheric perspective. The verticals in the buildings are repeated in the verticals of the trees, and the organic shapes in the trees, shrubs, and steam in the red food cart contrast the horizontals and verticals of the surrounding buildings.
This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with white edges. It comes ready to hang.
Brooklyn, New York
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.”