Staple Street – Looking SouthNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Signed on front
24 " h x 24 " w x 1.25 " d |4 lbs. 8 oz.
The scene is Staple Street, in Tribeca, NYC. Staple Street runs two blocks, between Harrison St. and Duane St., just west of Hudson Street. A prominent feature is 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 and edges of the buildings on Staple Street. Most of the buildings, street, and people are in shadow. This painting is on gallery wrapped linen canvas with finished 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.”