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Scott Nelson Foster
King Street, Troy (Modern Realist Cityscape in Black & White Watercolor)

2015

$950

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watercolor on paper 9 x 11 inches 17 x 21 x 1 inches, brown wood artist made frame, white mat This photo-realist cityscape of Albany, NY was painted with black and white watercolor by Scott Nelson Foster in 2015. Contemporary cityscape is completed in exquisite detail with close attention paid to perspective, depth, and architectural features. People are not pictured in this watercolor drawing which makes for serene and quaint view of a small city corner with an emphasis on the classical architecture of the buildings. The grayscale watercolor is framed in a black stained wood frame with an 8-ply mat. About the artist and work: Realist painter Scott Nelson Foster is best known for his black and white, monochromatic photo realist scenes of neighborhoods in small town America. Perfectly straight lines provide a stunning depth of perception, while calculated detail resemble that of a drawing or photograph. The scene depicted here has remarkable architectural details of brownstones and other historical buildings typically found in the American Northeast, although they also somehow transcend time and place! Absence and loss, not presence, shapes my definition of beauty. An aspect of this conception of beauty is memory, the anticipation of change, and the struggle to fix a moment in the mind. I use the suburban landscape of houses and strip malls as my subject matter. I search for ways to describe the changes of the landscape and the passage of time; to express the long memories tied to the land and sky that surround us. Artist Statement: My paintings are reflections of changing ideas about the American experience, the American dream, and societal relationships to the land. The suburban landscape is an arena in which many different dramas of the American dream are played out. Houses, subdivisions, and strip-malls evoke shared experiences. This common denominator gives my work a broad resonance that allows even fragmentary visions to evoke complex narratives. My watercolors and oils eschew the particulars—what makes a location unique—and focus on the iconic—what makes disparate subjects universal.

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