Monday, September 20, 2010

Artkraft Strauss - NYC, NY


First stage of underpainting complete...

This building has been at 12th Avenue between 57th and 56th Streets in Manhattan since 1897. This company is best known for their spectacular electric and neon sign displays found most notably in Times Square. They also are responsible for the very first New Year's Eve ball that drops at midnight every year. This painting doesn't look like much at this point, but will be very painterly when completed. Lots of brickwork and grimy old broken windows, two things I can't get enough of.

On the Artkraft Strauss website there are over 3000 images of their signage, which I find fascinating. It's like a history lesson in neon.

Artkraft Strauss website

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