NYC Chinatown Original Painting

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NYC Chinatown Original Painting

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Chinatown

 

I have an interesting connection with Chinatown in NYC. My father used to walk his beat as a NYPD officer in Chinatown. He befriend a local dentist, and my father used to travel back into the city to take me and my older sister to be under his dental care. I remember vividly,  seeing all the mold of teeth from patients, labeled with last names. Lee...Chin...Kim...Wong... and then Brennan. At least ours were easy to find. 

Many years later, when my brother and sister and their families visit New York City (usually around Christmas) one of their favorite spots to visit are some of the Chinese restaurants they frequented when they worked in lower manhattan, in the financial district. This painting is based off of a photo I took on such a visit. 

 

 

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About the NYC Pop Art series

NYC is a unique place. It’s been a place of school, work and play over the years that I have lived just outside this city. At times there have been equal parts intrigue and frustration. I have a host of memories spanning the mundane of walking city blocks to get to a job, circling for lengthy time periods on unfortunate occasions looking for parking, and magical moments of taking in the Christmas festivities of Rockefeller Center. 


Aside from the lights and action of Times Square, the city has a pretty drab color palette. Grey, brown, black, tan… it often does not match the energy the city actually gives off. So I decided to create a Pop Art series of NYC scenes (mostly taken from snapshots over the years) that would depict the city opposite of what you would actually see visually. I replaced the muted colors for a much more vibrant ones. I created buildings and architecture in loose lines as opposed to the precise, exacting lines that actually exist. It’s an alternate reality NYC captured with mood and energy.