STEPHEN MAGSIG at David Klein Gallery

STEPHEN MAGSIG at David Klein Gallery
at David Klein Gallery

31 December 2007

Brush Park #9, SOLD


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Brush Park #9, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
The ninth in the Brush Park Paintings.
The end of another year. Only one more year before our National Nightmare ends, Wishing you Peace and Love in 2008

30 December 2007

La Maison Blanche, SOLD


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La Maison Blanche, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
I feel that this painting is one of the most successful from the Postcards from Detroit Series. It is hard for an artist to say why one particular painting to him/her is more successful than another. I guess it is part of being an artist, why you paint what you paint. What you are trying to say, how you feel about the World, yourself and what you see at the time you do the painting. Who is to say what the criteria is for a successful painting. I guess this one really speaks to me at this time and says what I want to say as an artist.

29 December 2007

Afternoon Shadows, SOLD


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Afternoon Shadows, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
I was interested in the wonderful warm light playing against the dark voids and cool shadow areas.

28 December 2007

Rickel Malt, SOLD


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Rickel Malt, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
A local landmark, the Rickel Malt Plant supplied many of the local breweries with malt. It was located in the Detroit Eastern Market area. It was demolished in 1996.

27 December 2007

The Detroit Alphabet-C,SOLD


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The Detroit Alphabet-C, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
The third painting in The Detroit Alphabet Series. Why not try to do the whole Alphabet in paintings taken from Detroit signs, one letter at a time. Maybe I will do a book of them for my Grandchildren.

26 December 2007

Water Tank with Clouds, SOLD


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Water Tank with Clouds, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
This view with the General Motors Building in the distance is from the Burroughs Building in midtown Detroit.

24 December 2007

Detail, Michigan Central Depot, SOLD


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Detail, Michigan Central Depot, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
This is a detail of the exterior of the Michigan Central Depot, designed by the same architect who designed Grand Central Station in New York City. A monumental building even in it's battered condition. I feel it's decline is a visual symbol of Detroit's automotive triumph over public transportation. I will be doing more paintings of this magnificence building.

23 December 2007

One Way, Do Not Enter, SOLD


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One Way, Do Not Enter, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
How can you resist such great color and content. This is on the East side of Detroit also.

22 December 2007

Eastside Blues, SOLD


SOLD
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Eastside Blues, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
This building is a fine example of a Detroit vernacular. I really seem to be into the primary colors lately. Maybe a yellow next.

21 December 2007

The Rouge Wall, SOLD


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The Rouge Wall, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
A wonderful little building on the Eastside of Detroit. I really liked the contrast between the red wall and the cool blue sky. Creating the texture in the wall was fun.

20 December 2007

Fisher Bldg. in Snowstorm, SOLD



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Fisher Bldg. in Snowstorm, oil on linen panel, 7"x5",
A view of the beautiful Fisher Building at night in a snowstorm.

19 December 2007

Brush Park Snow, SOLD

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Brush Park Snow, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
This building is on Alfred St. in Brush Park. Another in the Urban Prairie of Detroit.

18 December 2007

Second Ave. Snow, SOLD

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Second Ave. Snow, oil on linen panel, 5"x5"
This was shot the same night as the Highland Park Shadows was. Just a beautiful first snow in Detroit.

17 December 2007

Highland Park Shadows, SOLD

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Highland Park Shadows, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
An old vacant theatre in Highland Park. We were on Woodward Ave. returning from Rick and Sue's opening at the Cass Cafe and shot some pictures in the first stages of the snow storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on our fair city. There is something about the silence and beauty of snow falling, those in the south are missing a treat.

16 December 2007

Neon "O", SOLD


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Neon "O", oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
A change today from all the hard angles and straight lines. Some curves, which are a lot harder than they look.
This is part of a old commerical neon sign above a downtown Detroit storefront.

15 December 2007

Trumbull St. Windows, SOLD


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Trumbull St. Windows, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
A beautiful old gem on Trumbull Street, down from the now empty and unused Detroit Tigers Stadium.

14 December 2007

Industrial Hopper, SOLD


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Industrial Hopper, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
This Industrial Hopper can be seen driving North on I-75. I always liked the simplicity of the shapes and always wanted to do a painting of it.

13 December 2007

Neon S, SOLD


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Neon S, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
Something a little different today, letter detail from a downtown Detroit neon sign. An "S" for
Santa, Sexy, Steve and all the other "S's" out there, Smile!

12 December 2007

Storm Clouds, SOLD


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Storm Clouds, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
Another ruins in the Detroit Brush Park Area. This one is no longer standing.

11 December 2007

National Theatre Detail, SOLD


National Theatre Detail, oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
The National Theatre was designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1911 in an Art Nouveau style
with Egyptian elements. Originally a vaudeville house but later switched to showing movies

10 December 2007

Tagged

Well I have to figure this out before everyone thinks I am ignoring them. I have been tagged by three different artists. But have not return tagged because I could not figure out how to enter the code, for us old dogs it takes a little longer to keep up. I thought I was doing OK just keeping the blog going.
I have been tagged by:
Liza Hirst
Triecia Gibney
Joan DaGradi
Please visit these sites, all are terrific artist. Liza is from Dordogne, France. An area of SW France we visited in the Fall of 2004. Wonderful place. She does great work of the area, portraits and paintings of Paris. Triecia's blog, A REASON TO PAINT" is from Melbourne, Australia. It so great connecting with artist from all over the World. Triecia does wonderful moody cityscapes and landscapes. She also keeps us informed of what the art scene is down under.
Joan is another wonderful painter of landscapes, seascapes, still life and more.

So the way this loosely works is that when you're tagged, you divulge 5 little known facts about yourself and then tag 5 other artists. It's a great way to introduce artists whose work you enjoy to a potentially wider audience, as well as have a bit of fun.

Ok No.1 : I did my first mural on the black board in third grade.

No 2: While serving in Vietnam 68-69, in base camp, I did pastel portraits of my buddies girlfriends or wives for them. My mother sent pastels and paper.
This is before internet images, so they were greatly appreciated.

No 3:I have a Grand daughter who has the same look of intensity while she paints, she is three years old. Oh my!

No 4:I am married to a great artist, we get along because her paintings are completely different than mine and we have separate studios, alone together.

No5: I never asked my parents who I was named after before they passed away. Guess I will never know

I now need to tag 5 artists whose work is always impressive. I hope you will check them out. They are:
Deborah Paris
Sheila Vaughan
Tracy Helgeson
Jason Waskey
mick mcginty

CP Rail, SOLD


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CP Rail, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
This freight train is in the River Rouge Industrial Site, it is passing a pile of automotive glass ready to be recycled.

09 December 2007

G.M. Building Nocturne, SOLD


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G.M. Building Nocturne, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
This is the 1923 Albert Kahn designed Durant building, later becoming the GM Building. Because space was not a problem, the GM Building has four 12 story wings so that each office has exterior light.
GM purchased the Renaissance Center on the Detroit River for their new offices in 1996.
The neon letters have been removed.

08 December 2007

Brush Park #09, SOLD


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Brush Park #09, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
This is the ninth of the Brush Park paintings. This one is on Brush Street, and has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It looks like something Edward Hopper would have painted.

07 December 2007

Brush Park #08, SOLD


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Brush Park #08, Oil on linen panel, 7"x5"
The eighth Brush Park painting, this building is currently being restored and has some new windows. It is one of the few to be restored, most have been torn down or remain in ruins.

06 December 2007

Brush Park #07, SOLD


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Brush Park #07, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
The seventh Brush Park painting, The landscape around these buildings has returned to an Urban Paririe.
Enough that a friend of ours is making honey with beehives in Detroit.
Wild Detroit Honey, at www.greentoegardens.com It is our favorite honey, very mild and sweet, enjoy!

05 December 2007

Michigan Central, SOLD

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Michigan Central, oil on linen panel, 5"x7"
This is the interior of the Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Because a lot of the windows are gone the elements are taking over, that is snow on the floor. With a little bit of sunlight.

04 December 2007

Rouge Nocturne,SOLD

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Rouge Nocturne, oil on linen panel 7"x5"
The third nocturne of the vast River Rouge Industrial Site in downriver Detroit

03 December 2007

01 December 2007

The Bronx Bar,SOLD



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The Bronx Bar, oil on linen, 7"x5"
This bar on Third St. in Midtown Detroit has one of the best burgers in town.