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Artist of the moment……..Richard Estes



Richard Estes is an American artist working in a photo realist style. Richard Estes was born in Kewanee, Illinois in the year 1932. Estes paints urban scenes and paints with a great sense of depth in his work. A key aspect of his work is his use of reflections. The artist does most of his larger works in oils but also works in gouache and watercolor on smaller pieces.

Estes attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

After art school Estes found employment as a freelance artist working with magazines. Estes lived abroad in Spain and also in New York City. After a decade of painting Estes was able to quit his day job and focus on painting full time and selling via galleries.

Below a great sample of works by Richard Estes:

Estes is a member of the National Academy of Design.

The artist would portray his landscape work so that it would appear to be a nice calm day in the morning.

Price range information: Estes was a prolific printmaker and prints can be found starting around $5,000. Originals in oils can reach $600,000.

What a wonderful artist! If you look carefully his reflections are both real and abstract. A sticker or sign might say STOP, but the reflection will reverse the image and Estes would paint it. Estes paintings of department store windows are amazing!




Artist of the moment…….Charles Ford

Charles Ford is a photorealist painter born in Dallas, Texas in the year 1941.

For his collegiate education Ford attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

He works mainly in acrylics.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Other  great artists working in this genre is Richard Estes and Raphaella Spence.

Sorry not to write as much the past couple of days, my computer has been under siege from a virus and it takes much longer to gather information than normal! I had to finish this post at work as I am unable to upload any images from my home computer. I have still been doing my daily art research, due to technology issues I am just unable to post much.

Thanks for reading!


Artist of the moment……photographer Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander is an internationally collected photographer born in Aberdeen, Washington in the year 1934. Friedlander is best known for his images of the American landscape and in particular New York City from the 1950s and 1960s.  The artist works in a black and white format giving his work a sense of timelessness so that even a picture like the one in the gallery of Las Vegas, is from 2007.

The artist has worked mainly with a 35 mm camera in the past and uses a medium format camera.

price range information: Most works priced between $5,000 and $85,000.

Over his career the artist has also shot a fair amount of celebrities. One of his first celeb shoots involved Madonna and appeared in Playboy magazine. Madonna appeared nude and this was in the 1970s. Madonna was able to rake in $25 for her work. A photograph from this series sold for more than $37,000 at auction!

For his artistic education Lee Friedlander attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California.

After college moved to New York City. He would start to shoot celebrities in addition to his landscapes. A major source of income was to shoot jazz musicians for record album covers. Before I-tunes design of an albums cover was key in albums success, a sort of marketing device. Think of such album covers the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper.

A great montage of works by Friedlander:

Some well acclaimed series has dealt with factory workers and public monuments across the United States. In this clip we view a book that covers his work with monuments:

Has had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art.

On an artistic note, I love the way Friedlander makes use reflections in his art. The technique reminds of master painter Richard Estes’ many views of the Big Apple done in a similar manner. To close we view  a work of Richard Estes.



Artist of the moment…..Stephen Magsig….

Lets check out one of my favorite painters of the city and urban scene, Stephen Magsig. When I think of large industrial cities I think of the wonderful paintings of this artist. If you enjoy cityscape paintings as much as me I also encourage you to set aside one hundred dollars and invest in this artist! Yes, this artist also sells smaller plein air works that are 5 by 7 inches in size and well executed. The smaller works he sells on ebay start at $1oo with free shipping. His larger oil paintings sell deep into the five figures.

In this clip we see the artist at David Klein Gallery.

The artist is of a high pedigree appearing in such national art magazines as American Art Collector in 2006. Magsig has also appeared in Art and Antiques magazine.

A link to Magsig’s own website:  Many nice paintings of Detroit to see here.

If you enjoy paintings of the city you must check out Dean Mitchell. Mitchell paints the industrial and tobacco south. He also enjoys painting cities like New Orleans. Below is a wonderful example of Dean Mitchell’s watercolor magic.


Another artist who paints awesome city scenes is Richard Estes. Estes is known for this paintings of reflections. You can tell he is an excellent technical artist, with a great sense of composition. Its great to check out the abstraction seen in the window reflections. This work by Estes’ has to do with a large industrial city in Japan.


And I am excited to talk about Andy again as when I think if New York city, I think of the Empire State Building. Andy thought of the building as a star, which in its day it was. Originally this movie lasted many hours, but I would like to own a smaller length repeating loop version. Its great because the Empire State Building is a great symbol of New York.

Here is a link to the location on ebay where Mr. Magsig sells some smaller plein air works. As you can tell he is quite experienced at selling his smaller works at auction, completing more than 800 auctions:

In his artistic statement Magsig tells us “Light, since it defines everything, is what my work is about.”  Magsig enjoys finding the right mix of organic and geometric shapes and working high contrasts in light and dark shapes.


I hope you take some time to find the artistic magic that can be found in paintings of large cities!  Try painting an urban scene today!