I’ve been a longtime fan of Stephen Magsig’s work having introduced you to his Urban Alphabet paintings and his Postcards From Detroit back in 2009.
New Paintings by Stephen Magsig
above: Magsig’s Urban Alphabet, a series of small scale paintings of letters from city signs (I own the “A”, the “O” and the “K”)
Stephen’s latest show, City Views, opened yesterday at the George Billis Gallery in New York and features several new pieces that capture the flavor and ambiance of New York. The oil paintings on linen depict urban storefronts, cast iron facades, street corners, neon signs, bridges and city views in Magsig’s inimitable style.
Void of human figures, his paintings combine the early morning light of Edward Hopper with an adept realism. Long shadows, empty street corners and closed cafes exude an emptiness while simultaneously appearing inviting. His work successfully combines the aspects of a large inhabited city with the quietude of a personal and private moment.
The show runs through May 25th.
City Views, George Billis Gallery
521 W. 26th Street, B1
New York, NY 10001
April 23 – May 25, 2013
Reception, Thurs April 25, 6-8 pm
If you never saw his Urban Alphabet or Postcards from New York, see those here.