Original art for sale at | Broadway and 7th, Downtown LA by Jesse Aldana | $4,950 | oil painting | 36' h x 72' w | ..\art\oil-painting-Broadway-and-7th-Downtown-LA

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Broadway and 7th, Downtown LA

Jesse Aldana
Ugallery 5345175697 UGallery

Oil painting on Stretched canvas New


Signed on front


36" h x 72" w x 2" d |15 lbs. 10 oz.

In stock $4,950



When I began this painting of downtown Los Angeles, I drew inspiration from, and made a direct comparison to, the landscape to which Thomas Moran bore witness when he made a painting in 1881 of the Green River Cliffs in Wyoming.  By that comparison I hoped to point out not only how much has changed in what it means to represent the American West in nearly 150 years, but also to suggest that our new surroundings are no less totemic.  Perhaps they are more so, since the cities we inhabit directly reflect the collective actions and policies of our society.  This view looks south down Broadway past the Catedral de la Fe (formerly the State Theater), the Eastern building, and the Ace Hotel.  This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang.

Jesse Aldana

Los Angeles, California

California artist Jesse Aldana uses the ritual of sunrise and sunset to capture the spirit of the west. Using a hybrid of realist brushwork and an almost surreal absence of humans, Jesse documents residential neighborhoods, main thoroughfares and coastal scenes across the great city of Los Angeles. Reminiscent of Ed Ruscha, Jesse’s work acts as both a record of the current landscape as well as a metaphor for the openness and sense of opportunity that continually draw settlers to the west coast. Jesse says of California, “the sky is an overwhelming presence.” He frames his big sky compositions with narrow palm trees and low-slung buildings at the periphery of the canvas to illustrate the scale of the scene. In doing so, the viewer can begin to appreciate the sentiment of the final frontier. Jesse works from a home studio in Los Angeles using photographs that he takes of the surrounding area as source material. He holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from The New York Academy of Art. He regularly exhibits at the Beverly Hills Art Show.

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J Fowler purchased this artwork. style="color: #000000;"6/25/2021 | 3:32 PM

I was immediately struck by the brooding sense of this piece. It feels simultaneously set in reality and a mythical realm, as I believe was Jesse's intention, by his write up. The softened colors and lines lends to the misty, ethereal quality of the subject and I enjoy losing myself to unknown stories lurking off canvas. Even the crows and hawk, I feel, have more of story arc than the initial impression of territorial irk.

Jesse Aldana 9/30/2019 | 3:31 PM

Hi Brandon, Thank you for your interest in this painting. I would say that, overall, the painting tends more pink than orange. There are definitely moments where yellow infuses and almost turns the accents on some of the clouds a peachy orange as you point out, but generally the painting is laid out in gradations of coral red. I hope this helps! thank you!

commentsRed Sky
B Ackley style="color: #000000;"9/27/2019 | 2:49 PM

Hello Jesse, Is your "red sky painting" generally pink or orange. The photo images of the piece show both colors. Thanks

Jesse Aldana 8/12/2019 | 11:13 AM

Hi! Thank you for the kind words. Carmel is such a beautiful place of thought-provoking splendor - it was really fun to make a painting that helps me relive the experience of standing on that beach, watching color bloom through the mist. best, Jesse

C Moore style="color: #000000;"8/8/2019 | 7:56 PM

Jesse, "Carmel" is a terrific painting. Well done.

commentsThe Wedding Photographer
Y Choi purchased this artwork. style="color: #000000;"4/27/2019 | 3:40 PM

I love them! They're more beautiful than expected.Thank you very much!

Jesse Aldana 12/12/2018 | 2:05 PM

Thank you so much for your support David! I'm glad that the paintings resonate with you and are a good fit for your home! I agree, the skies over LA make it a dreamy place to live and work. Thank you!

commentsSilent Night #2
D Cooney purchased this artwork. style="color: #000000;"12/12/2018 | 1:40 AM

Love it!

D Cooney purchased this artwork. style="color: #000000;"12/12/2018 | 1:37 AM

a modern master! Nice to see the same light, air and atmosphere that I see living In LA put down on canvas in such a real way.. dreamy way

Jesse Aldana 12/24/2017 | 10:52 AM

Hi Christine! Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. Happy Holidays!

commentsShakespeare Bridge
C Harris purchased this artwork. style="color: #000000;"12/24/2017 | 9:36 AM

This is many times more beautiful in reality than the website showed. I love it. Thank you.

Jesse Aldana 5/1/2017 | 12:28 AM

Hi Frank, Thanks so much! I don't have anything coming up on the gallery side, but I can definitely keep you posted if the occasion should arise. Thank you!

F Burciaga style="color: #000000;"4/29/2017 | 11:43 PM

I'm sure I will be very satisfied with your work "Fontenoy". Any possibility you will exhibit your creations in a Los Angeles gallery soon?

Jesse Aldana 3/7/2017 | 2:07 PM

Thank you very much, Cara. You are far too kind, but I am thrilled that you are happy with the paintings. Carel Fabritius' little painting, "The Goldfinch" has long been a favorite of mine and continues to inspire my work in its balance between economy of means and depth of experience. Thank you for the support and sentiment. Cheers!

C Barker style="color: #000000;"3/7/2017 | 12:52 PM

Thank you, Mr. Aldana, for the lush still lifes you painted. They were delivered last week, and I repainted a wall before hanging them. I look at them, mesmerized. When I explore the detail, I am reminded of Donna Tartt's description of the perfect still life in her book, The Goldfinch. Mille mercis.

  • Thank you, Mr. Aldana, for the lush still lifes you painted. They were delivered last week, and I repainted a wall before hanging them. I look at them, mesmerized. When I explore the detail, I am reminded of Donna Tartt's description of the perfect still life in her book, The Goldfinch. Mille mercis.

    - C Barker


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