Staple Street - Looking NorthNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Signed on front
24 " h x 24 " w x 1.25 " d |4 lbs. 8 oz.
This is the second of two paintings of Staple Street, in Tribeca, NYC. When studying a location, I will usually pick one vantage point to do the final painting. With this subject, I felt that these two views both would make good paintings and had different enough vibes that it would not be repetitive. As with the first, it features the overhead footbridge that connected the old House of Relief and the ambulance annex of the New York Hospital.
It is morning, with the light shining in from the east, lighting the cross streets. There are three figures: one is alone, one is walking a dog, and the other pushing a stroller. This painting is on gallery wrapped linen canvas with finished 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.”