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Russell Mehlman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill

Media:Painting;


ARTIST STATEMENT: For me it’s all about the story; it’s why I paint, and it's how paint.
 And my stories are mostly about ordinary people in
 everyday, and sometimes the not so everyday, contemporary scenes and situations. I see it as Folk Art, but a very modern, of our time,
 21st Century, NY Urban American kind, with
 its emphasis on the folk.
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  • Smoking Outside
    2010
    oil on canvas
    Seeing patrons of a bar standing outside, in front, on a chilly night smoking, and not being bothered or annoyed to have to do it, made an impression.

  • Searching
    2013
    oil on canvas
    20" x 24"
    This is about a woman in her very nice bedroom searching for something lost or misplaced. And like a lot of us do, doing it with the TV on.

  • Looking at Art
    2011
    oil on canvas
    20" x 24"
    This is about the experience of looking at, and being looked at. Won SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AWARD in 3rd National Juried Show. Juror: Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn Museum of Art

  • Kitchen Scene
    2011
    oil on canvas
    This is a visit to Grandma, maybe on Mother's Day. Looking at it, writing this now, I'm just amazed at all the details I threw in.

  • At Home
    2012
    oil on canvas
    For me, "at home" is about the feeling, the comfort of being at home, more than it is about place.

  • Party Goers
    2012
    oil on canvas
    20" x 24"
    Of course this is about people going to a party... somewhere in a city, or a suburb of. And for what it's worth, while I was doing it I was thinking Birthday Party.

  • Waiting Room
    2010
    oil on canvas
    20" x 24"
    I see this as a Doctor's office, but it could be a lawyer's office, or some other kind of office. But I was thinking Doctor's office.

  • House on the Hill
    2013
    0il 0n canvas
    20" x 24"
    HOUSE ON THE HILL is a Musical, imagined, about unrequited love. And the way I imagined it the beloved lives in the house on the hill.

  • fisherman2
    2010
    oil on canvas
    20" x 16"
    Fisherman2 is a remake of my 1995, gouache on paper, Fisherman. Images are different, in that this version is more sophisticated in painting style than the 1995 version.

  • Gallery Room
    2014
    oil on canvas
    16" x 20"
    The GALLERY ROOM is about a very special room in a special Italian restaurant. And it's also about a couple enjoying the moment.

  • Dining In
    2015
    oil on canvas
    20" x 24"
    Dining In is about a little Pizza party with friends. And btw, if the words in my hostess' voice balloon, are too small to read at this size... she's saying: Who's up for Haagen-Dazs Ro

  • Mare's New Friend
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    The beginning of a new relationship.

  • Crime Story
    2008
    oil on canvas
    20" x 24"
    An old Halloween mask I have inspired it.

  • Americock
    2005
    Oil on canvas
    14" x 11"
    Composite portrait of American partisan politics, and its always lurking fanatical fringe, as well as the cockshure attitude, I believe, we as a nation often display on the world stage.

  • Wall at Broad & Nassau
    2004
    Oil on canvas
    Stock Exchange, at this famous intersection, post 9/11.
 








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