Ulla Johnson on Lafayette StreetNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
24 " h x 24 " w x 1.25 " d |4 lbs. 8 oz.
The setting is Lafayette Street in Noho, New York City, at Jones Alley. I was interested in the juxtaposition of the figure on the billboard, an ad for Ulla Johnson, against the rest of the scene. The blue unifies the background sky in the painting with the windows of the buildings and with the sky in the billboard.
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.”