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Andrew Lenaghan's New York

Andrew Lenaghan’s work lends itself perfectly to today’s empty New York. 

 

Lenaghan lives and works in New York, and has been painting the city for decades; his preferred locations have often been the less-frequented corners of the city, such as quiet side streets, abandoned industrial sites, or an empty Coney Island boardwalk. Over the years he’s captured a rich history of the ever-changing New York landscape, though one usually devoid of people.

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Andrew Lenaghan, McGuinness Blvd/Clay Street, 2011. Oil on panel, 24 x 32 inches.

Andrew Lenaghan’s work lends itself perfectly to the current scene here in New York, which has been nearly empty since the onset of the pandemic last month.

Lenaghan lives and works in New York, and has been painting the city for decades; his preferred locations have often been the less-frequented corners of the city, such as quiet side streets, abandoned industrial sites, or an empty Coney Island boardwalk. Over the years he’s captured a rich history of the ever-changing New York landscape, though one usually devoid of people.

"One reason why there are no figures in my street scenes is that there tend to be few people around where and when I paint. I also don't paint the figure in the cityscapes because I find that the figure adds an obvious narrative element to the scene. The street scenes are about a place in a general way, rather than about some guy standing on the sidewalk."