It’s not very often an artist can say they paint in the streets of New York. Most use their studios, apartments, houses out in Long Island or some kind of common space with others. What I find most refreshing about Brian Josselyn is that he isn’t like most artists when it comes to painting, “I paint live on the street to capture the unique intensity of a moment in the excitement that is N.Y.C.”. Talk about compassion!
Out of all the poignant paintings Brian has within the collection, my favorites are “Summer in Soho” and “Lake George Swimmers”. Summer in Soho makes me feel like I’m really there, shopping and walking around and about, absorbing the happy-go-lucky energy amongst the shoppers! Not only do the flowing colors draw me in but each detailed person is so unrecognizable, it could work in any room or space. This image is visually warming, welcoming and pleasing as my eye bounced around the painting nicely and soaked in all the colors and detail. For example, there is a woman standing on the corner and it looks as if she’s waiting for someone in her yellow skirt. Her pose is relaxed yet almost saying, “Ok, where is my friend!” Brian uses his acrylic paints and composition so beautifully that even the windows come to live, swirling around in the blazing sun.
As if “Summer in Soho” wasn’t eye-catching enough, “Lake George Swimmers” is just as amusing. There is a ton of element involved and I feel like I can lift up the little people and play around with their positioning. The depth of each brush stroke really brings this painting to life and lifts up a whole new meaning. “I use thick, rich paint to translate the beauty, and excitement of a moment into a luscious vision. The sculptural presence of thick paint temps you to touch it with its seductive, tactile appeal. Dramatic lighting further abstracts the familiar imagery creating a new provocative view. I capture the emotional content of a scene with the physicality of the sculpture paint.” This stands true with every single painting in Brian’s collection seen at his website.
Brian had gallery shows up and down the west and east coast and has on going shows within the NYC. To view Brian’s collection, please go to his website.