All the time I was visiting this show at the Cultural Center,
a woman sat on a bench and stared into the spacious
depths of this painting --
and who could blame her ? These are captivating,
sun-drenched, shadow-cast cityscapes -- like
Caneletto painting Venice (but without any people
-- and with big-box architecture instead of late-Gothic)
Plain but mysterious, so sharp, clear, and sunny
-- like so many Saturday afternoons that I've spent
around downtown Chicago -- even depicting the elevated
train station where I wait when visiting the gallery
district. Most cityscapes look for the charming/quaint
-- or the dreary/wasteland-ugly -- but these look for power and beauty.
And he also paints seascape (or lake-scapes) of adjacent Lake Michigan -- and
again -- no people --- no boats -- just sky and mostly waves -- going from foreground to background -- and inviting complete immersion.