View from Manhattan BridgeNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
12 " h x 9 " w x .75 " d |0 lbs. 12 oz.
This is a view from the Manhattan bridge in morning light, with the Knickerbocker Village buildings in the middle ground. This part of Lower Manhattan is called “Two Bridges”. In the background is the tower of 40 Wall Street on the left, and 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza on the right. Hints of the graffiti rooftops are visible in the foreground below. I was interested mostly in the patterns formed by the shadows on the buildings.
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.”