Monday, April 6, 2009

Gerald Schwartz Goes Retro

Blue Swallow Motel
Route 66
24 x 20

We had the pleasure of a recent Gerald Schwartz sighting. He regaled us with stories of driving through the desert monarch butterfly migration to get his artwork to us, and of visiting the local pretzel factory to eat hot pretzels. (Excuse me, Jerry, but where are our hot pretzels?) He's painting diligently, and, as always, is looking to the skies for inspiration. Jerry is incorporating nostalgic elements into his brilliantly colored canvases, like Blue Swallow Motel. This infamous motel off Historic Route 66, in Santa Fe, serves as the setting for Jerry's trademark skies which pulls its jeweled colors from the retro neon sign. Created from the vantage point of the road-weary wanderer, Blue Swallow Motel reaches the wayward traveler in us all. Painted with gallery-wrapped edges, this piece is ready to hang in an office or living space.

Oil on Canvas
40 x 20

Judging from the paintings he brought us, we think Jerry may be suffering from itchy feet, despite his self-professed "homebody" status. Rumblings depicts a train hurtling past a railway crossing, bringing to mind that romantic notion of hopping a train for who-knows-where. Uncharacteristic of his landscapes, thus far, is the addition of the tree leaves in the foreground, giving a new sense of perspective and depth to the image. Gerald paints a small work every day that he will sometimes treat as a study for a larger work that will come to fruition some days, months, even years down the line. Rumblings is one such work that began as a small 6" x 8" oil on clayboard and grew into a 40" x 20" oil on canvas.

Check out the rest of Jerry's paintings on our website!

Follow these links to read more posts about this prolific painter:
Stories from Gerald Schwartz
New Works from Oil Painter Gerald Schwartz

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