“Dream” is a painting that reflects my desires as they are now, July 2013.
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“So tell me have you ever really, really ever loved a woman.”
Brooklyn Bridge is a reoccurring theme in my paintings. This neo-Gothic bridge in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has always been an icon of New York City, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.
Thinking of what to paint next, I’ve decided to combine my love for Brooklyn Bridge and East River with my love for traditional sailing vessels. Such an idea has to settle in my head before I can even start drawing, but I’ll keep you informed. 🙂
This canvas is based on a painting by CexS I saw on a roll-down shutter in West 116th Street, Harlem, NYC, in 2007. The place is part of the Bernheimer Building, next to Conway, on Lennox Avenue. You can reach it by M3 and M4 (116th).
The main character in the middle is a multicolored man. He lives in multicolored Harlem, in multicolored New York City. On the right side of his hair you’ll find a portrait of Malcolm X. “Education is our passport to the future; for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” “Inspire children to become powerful thinkers.” Malcolm in my head.
On the left we see the city. Endless blocks of buildings. Looking to the south there is a park, and beyond the park is a completely different world: the world of wealth and fame. Our character can’t get this world out of his head and finds it hard to understand why some people have everything and others have nothing.
On the right we see people living in the shadow. They might be doctors or beggars, nurses or prostitutes, but one thing is sure: they’re not happy. And on the far right we see a young man, based on Andrew Nichols’ “Not For Sale”. “No Justice, No Peace.” “Not For Sale.” “Believe In Yourself.” “I Am The American Dream.”
Malcolm in his head.