20 February 2012

Manhattan 006

15" x 22", watercolour, 2000, private collection

My hometown of Toronto has some art deco architecture*, but nowhere near as much (or as gloriously) as New York City and I was suitably impressed when I saw some (but not enough!) of it in person during my first visit there in 1999. Prometheus and Atlas naturally turned up in my paintings for their obvious appeal, but this subway entrance really attracted me; simple, elegant, gorgeous, but still functional. If you were able to pan right in this image you'd see the entrance to Radio City Music Hall and it's equally glorious marquee.

*That's just a small sample, and not offered here as a comprehensive showcase of art deco in Toronto.

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