Realist New York City landscape painting as seen through the branches of a dark green tree
“Brooklyn Through Trees”, painted by Patty Neal in 2019
18" X 24" oil on panel
Ready to hang as is
Signed lower right with initials P.N.
This contemporary oil painting depicting a metropolitan New York City scene is the work of realist painter Patty Neal. The painting offers a view of Brooklyn from behind the beautiful branches of a tree. The dark browns and greens of the tree provides interesting contrast to the sunlit city peeking through. Neal’s work highlights everyday city scenes, utilitarian infrastructure, and industrial or electrical apparatus. The painting is currently unframed and ready to hang.
A life is an accumulation of experiences: visual, emotional and mental. By compartmentalizing these snippets of life we create boundaries. The focus of my work for many years has been the exploration of these various life aspects and how they are bound together or bound from each other. My process is often literally composed of boundaries. I make a painting by putting together multiple panels, or I segment a single panel into separate visual spaces. The works are made up of pieces or elements of city and landscape. While exploring the concepts of boundaries I play with visual “reality.” Sometimes I combine images that are upside down with those that are not and juxtapose images from different contexts. Literal boundaries, such as walls fences, expanses of water and highway median strips are also used. My intent is to invite viewers to look beyond these boundaries to see the possibilities of a connected whole.
About the artist:
2011 "Interior/Exterior", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
2008 ”Landscape Revisited”, 1870 Gallery, Belmont
2005 Nomad Rug Gallery, San Francisco
2004 "Landscapes"@Klein's, San Francisco
2004 "Landscape Renewed," Space 743, San Francisco
2003 Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento
2002 Stanford Faculty Club, Palo Alto
2001 Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento
1989 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, Access Program, San Francisco
Group Exhibitions and Awards
2013 “The Six”, Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2013 “Wide Open”, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Marshall Price, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum, NYC
2013 "Soft Focus", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2013 "Bound" Women's Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, NY. Juried by Cora Rosevear, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, NYC.
2012 "Contemporary Painters(Who Just Happen to be Women)", Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
2012 "Petroleum Paradox" Juried show. Eleanor Heartney, Juror. Denise Bibro Fine Art. Chelsea, NYC.
2012 "Wide Open 3 Art Show, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Juror: Charlotta Kotik, curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
2010 ”Wide Open”, BWAC, Red Hook, Brooklyn. Jurors: Anne Strauss, Assoc. curator of 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum; Mark Hughes, Director of Galerie LeLong; Bill Murphy, Professor of art at Wagner College.
2009 ”Paint” Climate Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2009 ”New World Order: Habitats”, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco
2008 Nest Gallery, Oakland
2007 MobiTV, Emeryville
2006 "Fifth Anniversary Invitational Exhibit," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento
2006 "Urban Landscapes," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento
2006 "Landscapes: A Modern Interpretation," California Modern Gallery, San Francisco
2005 Christopher Hill Gallery, St. Helena
2005 Arts Expo Gala, ArtsFest, San Francisco
2005 "Artists Celebrate Trees," Arcadia 2005, San Francisco
2004 Artwalk, San Francisco
2004 "Landscape," Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento
2003 “The Visible World,” California State University Chico, with Toru Sugita
2002 “At the Heart of Red,” Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento
1999 Artspan Selections, juried show, San Francisco
1999 Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, Juror Marian Parmenter, Dir. of MOMA Rental Gallery, Second Prize award
1998 “Landscape,” Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery, San Francisco
1998-2002 and 2007 to 2009, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Artists Gallery
1998 Benefit Exhibition, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
1993 Bay Arts Gallery, San Francisco
1992 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco
1991 Santa Cruz Art League, juried show, Santa Cruz
1989 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery
1988 Second Annual International Art Competition, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York
1988 Bay Arts , Belmont CA, Juror Anne MacDonald, First Prize award
1988 Viridian Gallery Competition, New York
1988-2008 Fall Open Studios, The Point, San Francisco
1997-2009 Spring Open Studio, The Point, San Francisco
Parsons School of Design, New York
Art Academy College, San Francisco
San Francisco State University
Numerous private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.