View from the Highline at Sunset – Gansevoort StreetNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
24 " h x 36 " w x 1.25 " d |4 lbs. 4 oz.
I was inspired by the sunset view of Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, NYC, as seen from the Highline. The reflected reds of the sunset are just touching the buildings in the background, and the foreground is mostly in shadow. One prominent element is a black and white billboard of eyes looking back at the viewer. Various people are having drinks, meeting friends, (asking directions), while one person on the right is picking through garbage. The composition is mostly blue and red.
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.”