1/28/2014

Stephen Magsig

Detroit painter Stephen Magsig sometimes works quite large, but also has a marvelous series of postcard-sized paintings of his native Detroit. Seen through his eyes, Detroit becomes fascinating. 

Here are Stephen's choices of two favorite paintings from 2013, and some of his thoughts about them:

 Rouge Furnace  oil on linen/panel  5"x7"  2013

A Detroit Landscape  oil on linen/panel  5"x7"  2013
I feel both of these paintings reflect  a distinctly Detroit landscape. "The Rouge Furnace" is one of my favorite Detroit subjects to paint. I love this scene both historically and visually.  I view these Detroit paintings as a visual diary of our ever changing city.
"A Detroit Landscape" is a view of the Dequindre Cut, a below grade rail bed cutting thru sections of Detroit. It reminds me of the vistas we saw in Italy in 2012. I enjoy finding beauty where industry, urban and nature collide. These are portraits of Detroit and show how we as a society affect and continue to alter the environment around us.
Both paintings were done from my photos in my studio in the simple and direct Alla Prima method. I often use these small paintings as studies for the larger gallery works. I am currently working on paintings for a solo show in Birmingham, MI at the David Klein Gallery. The exhibition will have Detroit images and landscapes of Belle Isle Park.
You can see more of Stephen Magsig's work by visiting his blog and his website. Be sure to read his post from last year about his favorite paintings of 2012.

The current theme is Artists Who Blog- Favorites of 2013. Chosen artists have sent in one or two of their favorite paintings from 2013, along with some words about the creation of the work, or about general new directions and goals. There will be a new artist highlighted each day for twenty five days, so check back often.

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