The Bowery Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting a collection of oil paintings by Nagib Nahas for the show Street Views. Nahas’ paintings depict scenes taken from different times of day and different times of the year mostly around his neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He beautifully illustrates the warm sunlight shining upon the Verrazano Bridge which contrasts with the shadows of buildings, houses, and parked cars. Similarly, Yellow House and Ochre Tree gloriously renders the sun shining on the front of a deep-yellow colored townhouse situated between two other homes, one of which has a tree in front of it with brightly colored autumn leaves.
Boothbay, Pink Bike shows us a family’s backyard in the summertime surrounded by vibrant green trees with a bright pink motorbike parked near the driveway. Another summertime image, Ogunquit, June, illustrates two cars in the driveway of a campground or a hiking trail parked next to each other, one facing forward, the other turned back with the trunk open.
Nahas highlights the springtime with Early Spring, which shows us cars in the parking lot of a housing project with trees unveiling bright green leaves and violet-colored flowers blooming after a long winter season. Finally, Nahas portrays winter in Patches of Snow featuring bare trees and patches of snow on the sidewalk, hence the name of the painting.
At The Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Sept. 27. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
Article by Alison Martin