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Michael Thornton-Smith


 

Blue Dandelion (2015)

Blue Dandelion (2015)

Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
$3,200

Dandelion - Towards the Celestial (2016)

Dandelion - Towards the Celestial (2016)

Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
$3,200

Dandelion - Small Orbit (2015)

Dandelion - Small Orbit (2015)

Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 24"
$2,200

Dandelion - Orbit (2015)

Dandelion - Orbit (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Canvas
50" x 50"
$7,200

Dandelion VI (2015)

Dandelion VI (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

White Orchid (2015)

White Orchid (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$2,600
Framed

Purple Orchid (2015)

Purple Orchid (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$2,600
Framed

Orchid III (2015)

Orchid III (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Orchid IV (2015)

Orchid IV (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Dahlia I (2015)

Dahlia I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Globe Thistle I (2015)

Globe Thistle I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Globe Thistle III (2015)

Globe Thistle III (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Peony I (2015)

Peony I (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Peony II (2015)

Peony II (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Lobelia II (2015)

Lobelia II (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

Lobelia IV (2015)

Lobelia IV (2015)

Acrylic on Graphite on Paper
26" x 26"
$1,800

MTS-Headshot“I was raised in Cornwall, and grew up in the English countryside. My earliest sketches were studies of his surroundings, locations that I felt moved to record. I have been influenced by the tradition of British landscape painting, particularly in my early works.”

Michael Thornton-Smith, began with an exploration into the dynamic forms and saturated colors of selected flowers. “As I became more comfortable working with a subject matter I had shied away from previously; I began to play with enormity, scale and abstraction of the subject attempting to achieve a luminosity inherent in particular varieties of flowers. The dandelion flower gone to seed became a jumping off point to create cosmic mandalas of light. At first they were monochromatic paintings concentrating on the essence of form but eventually led to working with ethereal and tertiary colors. This is an ongoing project.

My paintings express a response to my perception of nature, to the transient acts of weather and the tenuous beauty of spontaneous cloud formations, captured in a fleeting moment. Traveling has been a source of inspiration for my work, taking me throughout the British Isles and Europe, and later through North Africa and East Africa. There is a body of my work that celebrates these experiences.

Sometimes I work from numerous studies, not always from the same location, but all with a view to a larger work. I love the skies, the source of light and the constantly changing barometric configurations. The expansive, magical thunderstorms over the savannah, the atmospheric conditions and their effect on the terrain; and more recently, the alluvial landscapes of the Hudson River Valley and the Long Island Sound.”

 

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Kellyann Monaghan


Greenpoint Warehouse and Empire State Building

Greenpoint Warehouse and Empire State Building

Oil on Panel
13" x 25"
Framed
SOLD

Billboards, Streetlight and Court Square Building

Billboards, Streetlight and Court Square Building

Oil on Panel
15" x 19"
Framed

Greenpoint, Trade Tower and Sunset

Greenpoint, Trade Tower and Sunset

Oil on Panel
17" x 13"
Framed

Milton Street Water Tower

Milton Street Water Tower

Oil on Panel
17" x 13"
Framed

Water Tower and Skywriting

Water Tower and Skywriting

Oil on Panel
13" x 17"
Framed

Williamsburg Bridge, East River, Nocturne

Williamsburg Bridge, East River, Nocturne

Oil on Panel
15" x 12"
Framed

Newton Creek, Court Square and Billboard

Newton Creek, Court Square and Billboard

Oil on Panel
15" x 19"
Framed

Crane and Factory

Crane and Factory

Oil on Panel
13" x 13"
Framed
SOLD

Orange Sky and Satellite

Orange Sky and Satellite

Oil on Panel
13" x 13"
Framed

Rooftop and Golden Arches

Rooftop and Golden Arches

Oil on Canvas
30” x 38”
Unframed

Water Tower at Matchless, Greenpoint

Water Tower at Matchless, Greenpoint

Oil on Panel
9” x 11”
Framed

Street Light, Water Tower

Street Light, Water Tower

Oil on Panel
13" x 13"
Framed
SOLD

In Between, DUMBO Rooftop, Brooklyn Bridge

In Between, DUMBO Rooftop, Brooklyn Bridge

Oil on Canvas
32” x 36”
Unframed

Flushing Project Windows

Flushing Project Windows

Oil on Canvas
28” x 46”
Unframed

Hess, Water Tower, Church and Trade Tower Construction

Hess, Water Tower, Church and Trade Tower Construction

Oil on Canvas
32” x 42”
Unframed

George Washington Bridge at Hudson I

George Washington Bridge at Hudson I

Oil on Panel
12.25” x 25”
Framed

 

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“I use landscapes and urban landscapes as a journey and stage for the drama of light, air and movement. I attempt to see past the structured architecture into the otherworldly qualities of the landscape. I am intrigued by the way light plays on architecture, energizing and describing form. There is a mystery in the dynamics of light and atmosphere in contrast to the architectural structures.

There is emptiness and solitude in the spaces I paint; yet they have a quality of human presence through the atmosphere and illumination. In the recent years, I have been obsessed with the rooftops of cluttered Brooklyn and New York City spaces, where the architecture is piled and pushing upon each other. Currently the repeating forms of the satellite dishes and antennae that dominate many apartment rooftops are central to the visual rhythm in my paintings. Construction cranes and scaffolding also play a role in creating the rhythmic urban spaces. I have exaggerated and edited qualities from city life into dramatic compositions. The sky and the spaces between buildings are as significant as the buildings themselves. I am fascinated by the city’s night sky, which reflects the ever-present human interjection of light pollution.

During a recent stay in Southern France, Toulouse region I had access to the beautiful landscape, old and decaying buildings and by contrast, the modernized forms and structures of contemporary life. I painted primarily on site and in the open air. The small medieval villages and ancient farms inspired many paintings. In these works I depicted lush landscapes, claustrophobic village streets and dilapidated farms. There is a quirky relationship between the village tiled rooftops and the gritty ones of my Brooklyn spaces. Even in this beautiful and historic place there are television satellite dishes sprouting about.

My aim is to maintain an element of spontaneity and directness in the paint. A fluid and spontaneous quality in the every paint stroke is very important to me. I primarily work all prima and often plein air. I edit, emphasize and exaggerate structural forms from life observation. The process allows for idiosyncratic and unexpected painterly qualities to occur.”