This work reflects my investigations of the geometry and architecture of the abandoned buildings in Northern Liberties, Kensington and Port Richmond which exist in the lower part of North Philadelphia. These neighborhoods contain many handsome structures which once provided a livelihood for the people of the area. Many of the buildings are empty, falling into disrepair, disintegrating or being demolished for gentrification. They still maintain a powerful image which draws me to them. My interest is not in accurate perspective or realistic color but rather an Expressionistic statement with some reference to the Precisionist works of Sheeler, Demuth, Crawford and Elsie Driggs.
I recently expanded my sources to include the huge Bethlehem Steel plant, which is being dismantled, and the recently closed Henry Weinhard Brewery in Portland, Oregon. There appears to be no dearth of subject matter in US cities as our economy moves from manufacturing to service.
FLATIRON BUILDING #1
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 50" X 50"
JACK FROST 1901 - SOLD
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 50" H X 45.5" W
WILLOW STEAM PLANT #1 - SOLD
ACRYLIC ON WOOD PANEL 24"H X 38"W
BETHLEHEM STEEL #1 - SOLD
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 31"H X 41"W
JACK FROST TANKS #2 - SOLD
ACRYLIC ON WOOD PANEL 25"H X 33"W
JAMES DOOR CHECK
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 32" H X 40" W
OIL PAINT STICK, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 36" X 54"
WATER PLANT OCEAN BEACH #2 - SOLD
BLUE WINDOWS - SOLD
OIL STICK, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 32" H X 45" W
JACK FROST STACKS - SOLD
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 32" X 48"
5TH & FAIRMOUNT
OIL PAINT STICK ON CANVAS 30" H X 40" W
2ND STREET HOPPER #2 - SOLD
OIL STICK, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 20.5" H X 20" W
HENRY WEINHARD BREWERY #1 - SOLD
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 50" H X 39.5" W
VIEW FROM 509 #1
OIL STICK, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 24" H X 36" W
WILLOW STEAM #6
OIL, ACRYLIC ON ARCHES 36" H X 24" W