1. Antonio Lopez Garcia
Topping our list is Spanish artist Antonio López García, unrivaled master of the hyperrealist urban landscape genre. Now aged 81, his expansive panoramas and meticulous process are the stuff of legend. Anyone in doubt of García’s artistic genius need only watch him paint a single quince tree in the 1992 documentary, Dream of Light, to be convinced.
Wikipedia: Antonio Lopez Garcia
2. Dimitri Desiron
Dimitri Desiron’s series of cityscapes are as rich in detail as they are sparse in inhabitants. The empty streets of Desiron’s paintings bring to mind the type of solitary walk that uncovers the hidden splendor of a familiar route. Ordinary scenes of Desiron’s native Belgium, from curbside cars to abandoned parking lots, appear transformed by his deft workmanship and keen sense of light.
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3. Lindsey Kustuch
Lindsey Kustusch paints both urban cityscapes and rural landscapes, available in equal measure to the Bay Area artist. Based out of San Francisco, it is fitting that slick streets and fog dominate Kustusch’s view of the city. At times fog interrupts the scenery, blurring buildings and crowding out skylines, much as it does in real life. Collectively, Kustusch’s cityscapes offer a compelling look into the thriving metropolis by the bay.
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4. Rackstraw Downes
British-born artist Rackstraw Downes, best known for vast urban scenes depicted with fish-eye distortion, has also written, taught and traveled extensively. Indeed, his international perspective begs comparison with the literal perspective he employs in his paintings. Downes’ strategic use of three-point perspective both implies the curvature of the Earth and lends insight into a worldview where all places fit into a greater global whole.
Wikipedia: Rackstraw Downes
5. Marc Trujillo
Like Edward Hopper before him, Marc Trujillo presents American lifestyle and culture in a way that confronts the viewer with the emotional emptiness of our public spaces. Trujillo focuses on what he calls “nowhere places,” like fast food chains and big box stores, which tend to look indistinguishable from each other. His paintings speak to what is comforting about the shared American experience, as well as what is unnerving.
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6. Andrew Haines
Andrew Haines depicts the urban landscape in the way many urban dwellers experience it: in transit. His paintings perfectly capture the feel of observing your surroundings from a train window or car windshield. Haines recognizes that there is real beauty worth observing from these fast-moving vantage points, and does his best to show us what to look for.
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7. Ana Schmidt
Acrylic artist Ana Schmidt presents a textural experience of urban life, documenting cities from a distance as well as through the close observation of minor details. Schmidt’s bird’s-eye view paintings reveal the patterns present in our everyday terrain, and her explorations into the minutiae of graffiti-covered alleyways are equally lush with pattern and appeal.
8. Craig McPherson
High drama and vivid light effects characterize Craig McPherson’s urban landscapes. McPherson’s sweeping compositions and skillful manipulation of color and light give an augmented presence to each environment. This dramatic sense of heightened reality can also be seen in McPherson’s New York City mural series, as well as in his high-contrast mezzotint and pastel works
9. Andrew Lenaghan
Andrew Lenaghan’s paintings of residential neighborhoods highlight the seasonal detritus of suburbia. Like GenX’s answer to Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, Lenaghan paints the backyard nexus of three suburban homes in all four seasons, making careful note of the changing seasonal light and lawn furniture. It is a testament to Lenaghan’s obvious talent that his Bedroom Window View series boasts such an excess of visual interest from one mundane viewpoint.
10. George Shaw
George Shaw’s paintings of English life follow closely in the tradition of nineteenth century naturalists like John Everett Millais and Jules Bastien-Lepage. Shaw composes sublime tableaus of littered suburbs, natural overgrowth and the frequent intersection of the two. His work achieves the remarkable feat of seamlessly blending romanticism with unflinching realism, perfectly encapsulating the distinctive quality of contemporary English living.
Wikipidia: George Shaw
Text by Diana Corvelle