Wow. The painter Brett Amory really captures the loneliness and anonymity of cities. His work focuses on urban subject matter, specifically the alienation and anticipation that are constants in our mundane lives.
Amory was born in Chesapeake, VA but has spent years in the Bay Area, first in San Francisco and now in Oakland. Above, a few of my favorites from the series Oakland Anticipations. Below, examples from 24 in New York:
The above paintings remind me of early work by Mark Rothko. He later became better known for his color field “multiforms,” but I love these early urban scenes:
Amory’s work is also reminiscent of Edward Hopper, whose drawing exhibit I saw this summer at the Whitney, including numerous studies for this famous painting:
See more of Amory’s work here.