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Laura J Shechter
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a still life and cityscape painter and a contemporary realist. With in contemporary realism, I consider myself a perceptualist which I define as being more concerned with usual vision than European painting conventions. I paint a moment of light with all of its visual contradictions. I have strong feelings about the objects in my still lifes. The relationships between my objects are formal but at times they have an implied narration. Although my approach tends to be linear and precise, I try to have a beautiful and sensual surface. My cityscapes, which are photo-based, also describe one moment of light. Many are organized into landscape space, parallel bands. The forms and space in these paintings are clear with decorative patterns, eg. windows, trees… I appreciate contemporary architecture, new or renovated that has incorporated rich intense color in their design. My latest cityscapes incorporate graffiti which I feel beautifies urban blight and continue my interest in decorative motifs. My drawings are also closely observed with subtle tones built up in a single hatch technique. Although my still lifes and cityscapes are different genres, they each borrow from the other. Some of my horizontal still lifes are like a sky line, while the spacial relationships in some cityscapes are more related to those of an interior. Some influences are northern Renaissance art, Indian Miniatures, and interacting with other contemporary realists. My work evolved during the feminist art movement and I have incorporated some of its ideas. My teacher, Ad Rhinehardt, {the father of minimalism} helped me evolve a philosophy of aesthetics. He was also a noted orientalist. I traveled around the world in 1966-67 and the 1970. This ex perience added complexity to my art work which seems so rooted in western painting tradition, but also includes the aesthetics of the east, notably, India
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  • FSM Packing Corp, Bronx
    2014
    oil
    20"x16"
    photo based cityscape. This was done right before they demolished the building

  • H M P London
    2018
    oil
    23"x16"
    This is a building in Waterloo Station in London It is photo based. The snake on the left is from another section of London. The car on the right was added

  • D'Art III
    2014
    oil
    35"x30"
    View from the Manhaatan Bridge,looking towards Queens. Second version

  • Chinatown Graffiti
    2016
    oil
    31"x29"
    based on a photo taken from the Manhattan Bridge towards Chinatown. I am very fond of this view. The dynamics of the graffiti has changed on the left. The graffiti above the tiger is stronger than tha

  • View from Delancy St
    2017
    oil
    34"x24"
    This is a vie from a roof on Delancy St, NYC

  • Candem ,London 3 murals
    2018
    oil
    30"x17"
    Photo based painting truck from Usa

  • Graffiti Tunnel, Waterloo Station
    2017
    oil
    24"x18"
    Based on a photo taken in London.

  • Brick Alley iia London
    2018
    oil on masonite
    10 1/2" x 8"
    This photo based painting is a court yard off of a narrow alley off Brink Lane in London. It is treated as a art gallery

  • Before Sunset
    2016
    oil
    24"x18"
    Photo based painting of a subway, "G" train in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The van comes from another photo

  • Croydam, London
    2017
    oil
    14"x11"
    This is a section at the outskirts of London. This is a small city park with legal graffiti on the walls

  • Brick Lane Alley II
    2017
    oil
    24"x13"
    This is an alley of off Brick Lane in London It was very narrow, maybe 4 feet and almost impossible to photograph.

  • Rivington St Renovation
    2017
    oil
    24"x18"
    This is the first of 3 paintings of this building

  • Iz Wiz
    2016
    oil on board
    10"x8"
    one of my favorite graffiti trucks

  • No Discount
    2016
    oil
    33"x16"
    painting based on 3 photos 2 trucks, and a warehouse on 5th ave, and 20th. St in Park Slope.On right side are names of appliance brands, very faded and some not sold anymore like Bendex. This uilding

  • Of Bowery II
    2016
    oil on masonite
    20 1/4"x8 1/4"
    Photo based. The building has been renovated since I photographed it last yer. The graffiti is more complex.

  • Brick Lane Alley
    2017
    oil
    24"x18"
    Based on a photo taken in London

  • Storage Usa
    2010
    oil
    This is a photobased view from the Manhattan Bridge

  • 40 objects
    2010
    oil
    All my still lifes are one moment of liaght. The 3 shelves are something that I have been painting since the early 1970's. Each shelf can be a n independent painting. My idea came the the bar re

  • Still Life with 2 Birds
    2000
    pencil
    All my still lifes are one moment of light. There is an oil painting of this.

  • Dumbo Rooftops
    2004
    pencil
    This is a photobased drawing
 








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