Calm before a Storm

Calm before a Storm

Paul Balmer Cityscapes

“Two of my favorite painting subjects (at the moment) are still lifes and cityscapes. I like that the subject doesn’t have to be that interesting to make an interesting painting, meaning that the best still life and cityscape painters are really alchemists. Ordinary pots and pans or congested and polluted city views can be turned into paintings of great beauty.”

Paul Balmer is a South African-born, New York-based artist. He studied Fine Art at the Drawing School in Sydney and then moved into Graphic Design at the Sydney Institute of Technology.  His main work is New York cityscapes in an abstract execution.

His main inspiration is the city: the bright, the dark, the dusty city. What makes Paul Balmer work out of the ordinary could has a lot to do with influence coming from his roots in South Africa and Australia. The colors and the simplicity, even primitiveness, the shapes, there is nothings too complex but still breath taking. The subject matter is irrelevant, no people, no real action, exept the strange  playful dialog between the buildings and the sky. It all looks like an old photo, so old and blurry you are afraid the imagine could just simply vanish away, and you would do anything to keep it.

What interested me in his work is the peaceful silence that it evokes. Their is an obvious contradiction: when we think of New York we instantly picture in our heads the busy streets, the energy, the chaos, the noise while in Balmer’s work all this is hidden, it gives you another perspective, a certain detachment and the possibility of an end or a new begging. On the other hand the vibrant colors makes you understand that in itself the city is a living body, struggling  to erupt.

 

Empire

Empire

Chrysler

Chrysler

Clear Morning

Clear Morning

NewYork Daybreak

NewYork Daybreak

In Half Shadow

In Half Shadow

Check out more at paulbalmer.com

 

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