Frederick Brosen, “Kwanzan Cherry,” 2017, watercolor over graphite on paper, 6.5 x 5 in.

Garvey|Simon is pleased to present “Frederick Brosen: Flowers and Facades,” an exhibition that juxtaposes the luminous watercolors of New York City with delicate paintings from the artist’s new floral series. In this show, the flower paintings are being exhibited publicly for the first time.

Frederick Brosen, “Apple Blossoms,” 2017, watercolor over graphite on paper, 7 x 5 in.
Frederick Brosen, “Eastern Redbud,” 2017, watercolor over graphite on paper, Image: 7 x 5 in.

From the gallery:
A virtuoso watercolorist, Frederick Brosen is a native New Yorker who has an intimate connection with his subjects. He is best known for capturing the history, elegance and grit of the urban landscape from hidden perspectives (see below). Despite their big-city subjects, Brosen’s watercolors emanate a profound stillness, something he seeks out as he bicycles Manhattan at dawn.­­

Frederick Brosen, “West 76th Street,” 2014, Watercolor over graphite on paper, 33 x 22.5 in.

Brosen’s keen process of observation and his distinct familiarity with these subjects allow him to capture and enhance subtle domestic and architectural details. Although the work can appear photorealist in reproduction, when observed closely his paintings are soft whispers of the city sans hustle and bustle; a private New York the artist is sharing with his audience.

Frederick Brosen, “Soho Rooftops”, 2017, watercolor over graphite on paper, Image: 10.75 x 8.75 in.

Looking up from a sidewalk vantage point, the viewer is immersed in the architectural landscape with its geometric intersections of lines, curves, and colors. The artist’s compositions rely much on his knack for editing these environments. He often removes elements that distract from what he wants to capture and adds imagined features to balance an image.

The exhibition runs through March 24, 2018. For more information, visit the website of Garvey|Simon. 

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