Multi-Textured Paintings of New York

Painting is difficult enough, but artist Daniel Castan adds the challenge of using quick drying acrylic paints while working from memory. The French painter first began his craft at 40 years old with his initial intentions being to simply have fun. His “fun” exposed a natural artistic talent for recreating cityscapes in an unconventional way.

By adding a resin to his acrylic paints, it speeds up the drying process. As a result, Castan has to work very quickly when constructing his multilayered paintings. There is an engaging textured aesthetic to each of his pieces that depict the urban landscaping of New York City. The uneven, coated surface reflects the gritty city in an intriguing way. Castan’s hastened, abstract technique also aids in representing the hectic, fast-paced lifestyle in New York. His visuals exude liveliness, motion, and lights, which are all attributes of the dynamic city.

Daniel Castan’s website

November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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