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Richard Britell
The Victory Theater on 42nd St. (Realistic Architectural Study, Manhattan)

2018

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Realistic, ornate oil painting of New York City edifice by Richard Britell oil on wood panel 10 x 8 inches Framed, hangs flush to the wall Signed on verso In Richard Britell's close crops of edifices, the artist directs our attention to exquisite architectural details that we take for granted in daily life. "The Victory Theater on 42nd Street" centers on just a few square feet of a building's elaborate exterior, and yet it comprises a wealth of different lines, forms, colors, and textures. Elements of abstraction apply to this canvas — namely the foregrounding of shape, texture, and line over subject — while at the same time, Britell's capabilities as a realistic painter are on full display. It is only the subdued color palette of this painting, with subtle modulations of a sandy brown, that calls to mind the "everyday-ness" of Britell's metropolitan muse. About the artist: Richard Britell, a career painter, studied at Pratt Institute with Philip Pearlstein and Walter Erlebacher. His first show in NYC at Staempfli Gallery was sold out, and reviewed in the New York Times. Britell’s new works revolve around large, dreamy cityscapes tending toward abstraction. The artist currently lives in Pittsfield, MA. Richard Britell is a painter, curator, teacher, and writer. The reach of his creativity and intuition can be hard to pigeonhole. Paintings of architectural details on small panels isolate areas of geometric interest found within greater structures. Within this cropped view, Britell establishes peaceful, albeit rhythmic, patterns of stacked bricks and wall relief embellishments that represent a kind of ordered permanence. The artist studied at Pratt Institute and has shown with the gallery for many years. He lives in Pittsfield, MA.
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    2018
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    Height: 10 in (25.4 cm)Width: 8 in (20.32 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Hudson, NY
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    1stDibs: LU22713820312
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