Cityscapes by Brett Amory

Waiting #68 by Brett Amory

Waiting #68 by Brett Amory

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.

Waiting #67 by Brett Amory

Waiting #67 by Brett Amory

Waiting #66 by Brett Amory

Waiting #66 by Brett Amory

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:

Williamsburg Bridge 7-8am (Waiting #175) by Brett Amory

Williamsburg Bridge 7-8am (Waiting #175) by Brett Amory

Coney sland 8-9am (Waiting #170) by Brett Amory

Coney sland 8-9am (Waiting #170) by Brett Amory

Grand Central Station 7-8pm (Waiting #177) by Brett Amory

Grand Central Station 7-8pm (Waiting #177) by Brett Amory

Bleecker Bob's 9-10pm (Waiting #173) by Brett Amory

Bleecker Bob’s 9-10pm (Waiting #173) by Brett Amory

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:

Untitled (Subway) by Mark Rothko

Untitled (Subway) by Mark Rothko

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:

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

See more of Amory’s work here.

3 thoughts on “Cityscapes by Brett Amory

  1. Speak for yourself! My life is not filled with alienation, and it is not mundane.

    Oh, who am I kidding. Yes, yes, it is.😉

    That said, I really like the Bleecker Bob’s.

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