Sparkling Paintings of San Francisco Showcase the Beauty of the “City by the Bay”

Paintings of San Francisco

Cable Car Heaven, 2013

Russian artist Evgeny Lushpin boasts an enchanting body of work. With an emphasis on color and light, each of Lushpin's cityscapes “catches the most precious moments and shows us more than meets the eye,” whether set in the winding streets of Paris or, in this case, the sparkling “City by the Bay.”

In his trio of San Francisco paintings, Lushpin exhibits the beauty of the city after dark. While the subjects of this series are among its most famous sights—including the city's iconic cable cars, colorful row of “Painted Ladies,” and luminous Bay Bridge—Lushpin is able to shed new light on the scenery with a strategic artistic approach. “The charming play of light and dark, rich palettes of color, hundreds of subtle details,” he says, “all this create the melodic symphony of power and light.”

Lushpin's technique, however, is not entirely technical. In addition to this treatment of tone, the artist harnesses another tool: his own imagination. “It's a different state of mind with each painting,” he explains, “but I always completely immerse myself into the time, place and subject of my art.” Together, these methods culminate in the striking aesthetic that has come to characterize his captivating portfolio—and that will make you want to leave your heart in San Francisco.

Scroll down for more stunning scenes of San Francisco, and explore even more mesmerizing cities around the world on Lushpin's website.

In his series of San Francisco paintings, Russian artist Evgeny Lushpin explores the sparkling sights of the “City by the Bay.”

San Francisco Paintings

Seven Sisters, 2014

San Francisco Paintings

Light Canyon, 2014

Evgeny Lushpin: Website 

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Evgeny Lushpin.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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