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Freeways and Overpasses: An Artist’s Muse, Part II

freeways and overpasses part 2 IIHIH

There has been such an ongoing interest in a post I did months ago, called “Freeways and Overpasses; An Artist’s Muse”  that it’s time for Part II.

Freeways and Overpasses: An Artist’s Muse, Part II

Clearly this subject matter continues to inspire artists all over the world, regardless of style, medium, or execution. I could seriously dedicate a blog to this subject alone, but for now, this second series will have to suffice.

By the way, these posts are my personal favorite posts to write and compile, but they take weeks, even months … so I cannot do them as frequently as I’d like.

The following pieces are all beautiful and timeless. Both serving as a record of human technology, evolution and transportation as well as contemporary landscapes. The following works are glimpses of the world as it stands today, with freeways as ‘escape routes’ and overpasses as ‘architecture’.

Because the last post was so well-received I have tried to include as many as I could find- within reason of course, in this one. Some of the following paintings are available, some are not, but all are worth admiring.

In the photo realism style:

The Paintings of Danny Heller:

above: “Suburbia Freeway #1” by Danny Heller
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above: Danny Heller’s “Suburbia Freeway #2”

above: Danny Heller’s “Nightscape #1”

The Work of Patricia Chidlaw:
Patricia Chidlaw's "Westbound Freight"
above: Patricia Chidlaw’s “Westbound Freight”
patricia chidlaw paintings
above: Patricia Chidlaw’s “Railroad Bridge”
paintings of overpasses
above: Patricia Chidlaw’s “Overpass”

The Work of Anna Conti:
Ana Conti
above: Anna Conti’s “Steel Forest”

above: Anna Conti’s “Metamorphosis”

The work of Stephen Dolmatch:
stephen dolmatch paintins
above: “Evening Westside Highway”

above: “Tilted Swirl”
paintings of freeways
above: Unknown title

Stephen Hicks’work:

above: Stephen Hicks’ “16th and 10th ave”.

above: Hicks’ “Prospect & Washington”
Eileen David "Lefty #9"
above: Stephen Hicks’ “Lefty #9”

Peter Nye's "280 Overpass" (sold)
above: Peter Nye’s “280 Overpass” (sold)

Tom Birkner's "Ironbound"
above: Tom Birkner’s “Ironbound”

Bill Mosely's "SR-125"
above: Bill Mosely’s “SR-125”

Nicholas Evans Cato's "Tiger Stripe"
above: Nicholas Evans Cato’s “Tiger Stripe”

Thomas Germano's "Underbelly"
above: Thomas Germano’s “Underbelly”

Looser and more painterly interpretations, but equally as fabulous:

The work of William Wray:
william wray
above: William Wray’s “134”
william wrap freeway paintings
above: William Wray’s “LA ”

The work of David Shevlino:
David Shelvino paintings
above: David Shevlino’s “Exit”
david shevlino artworks
above: Shevlino’s “Evening headlights”
contemporary urban art
above: David Shevlino’s “Onramp”

The work of Tom Brown:
Tom Brown paintings

above: Tom Brown’s Freeway paintings from daily painters

Stephen Coyle’s Work:
Stephen Coyle
above: Coyle’s Big Dig Beginning
freeway paintings
above: his Rearview Nightmare
paintings of freeways and overpasses
above: Coyle’s March 3rd

Onramp" by Nathan Bond
above: “Onramp” by Nathan Bond

George Nick, Route 93 and VW van
above: George Nick’s Route 93 and VW van

Chris Greco
above: Chris Greco, untitled

Eileen David, Under The FDR
above:Eileen David’s Under The FDR

David Wells Roth, Route 80
above: David Wells Roth’s “Route 80”
David Wells Roth, Overpass
above: David Wells Roth’s Overpass

above: David Wells Roth’s “Under Mass Ave”

Doug Braithwaite, "Wall Avenue"
above: Doug Braithwaite’s “Wall Avenue”

Doug Braithwaite, Hunter Gatherers
above: Doug Braithwaite’s “Hunter Gatherers”

unknown title, by Jon Rader Jarvis
above: unknown title, by Jon Rader Jarvis

Scott Yeskel, LA #8
above: Scott Yeskel’s LA #8
scott yeskel art
above:Scott Yeskel’s Los Angeles, 2002

Craig Stephen, "Freeway Palm"
above: Craig Stephen’s “Freeway Palm”

Stephen Magsig Postcards from Detroit
above: Stephen Magsig’s Shadows, from his fabulous Postcards from Detroit series

Below are more graphic representations:

by Elizabeth O’Reilly:
Elizabeth O'Reilly :
above: Elizabeth O’Reilly’s Afternoon Light

and her Expressway At Night
Elizabeth O'Reilly artworks
above: Gowanus Expressway By Night

and Ron Milewicz:
Citiwide Morning by Ron Milewicz
above: Citiwide Morning by Ron Milewicz
Woodside Station Ron Milewicz
above: his Woodside Station

Sharilyn Neidhardt, Sunset Bridge
above: Sharilyn Neidhardt’s Sunset Bridge

Shown at top:

Freeways and Overpasses
Ben Aronson’s Closed Ramp, Westside Highway

By the way, several of these painters are represented by (and their works are available from) the following galleries:
The George Billis Galleries.
The Chelsea Art Galleries
DFN Gallery
The Paul Theibaud galleries
online at The Daily Painters Gallery

I’m sure I have inadvertently omitted hundreds of other freeway and overpass paintings. So, maybe there will be a part III!

Did you miss Part I of Freeways and Overpasses: An Artist’s Muse? See that here