Travis Schlaht is an instructor at the Grand Central Academy, married to Kate Lehman, studied at Water Street Atelier and has a show coming up at John Pence Gallery, so as the ‘classical realism’ scene goes, he’s got the credentials. Oh and his paintings are pretty nice too.
I must admit, as far as subject matter goes, i’m not particularly excited. It’s his paint quality that fascinates me, his marks having their own independent interest, yet never disrupting the illusionism, always subservient to representation but present enought for one to enjoy the interaction between surface and subject. That may not be the most revolutionary thing ever, but I don’t mind at all, I’d rather quality and sincerity to ‘originality’.
Another compelling painter of urban life today, Brett Amory.
There’s something of Kanevsky about some of his marks, but his compositions feel a bit more illustrational with their clear opposition of figure and (often white) ground.
I can’t say I know anything about him, but I like his work, and if you like it too you should go to his show in San Francisco.
Scotting painter Jackie Anderson has produced works of such fragile delicacy, being so faint and stripped down in colour, that they make one slow down to really look at them. Ethereal and ephemeral forms, overlapping observations and subtle tonal variations are combined with compelling compositions that seem to capture something of the impersonal nature of urban interaction.
I’ve never actually seen any of her work ‘in the flesh’ so to speak, but I would imagine they could be…well, it’s hard to avoid the word ‘haunting’ really.
If you like her work I’d recommend you check out Nicholas Uribe too, specifically his work from a few years ago.