"Portraits and Tales from the NYC Subway" and "New York Icons" Solo Exhibit - November 17,2007 to April 6, 2008
Subway Stories: Portraits and Tales from the NYC Subway
are large vivid color saturated portraits of seven NYC "underground"
heros, set against the subway backgrounds where they worked:
a love story leads to marriage on the #5 train, a track worker who
delivers a still born baby on a racing train and brings her back to
life, a blues musician spreads the joy of life in the canyons of the 42nd St. station, even TA, a stray cat who finds a warm home in the underground offices at West 4th St. Station: Bloodworth brings them all to colorful life.
A highlight of "Subway Stories" is the work " Elijah Staley" described by Bloodworth asa “central piece to the show.”The painting portrays Staley, popularly known as Carolina Slim, a powerful blues musician who performs most frequently in the Times Square Subway Station.
Another key portrait in the show is “Harry Nugent” who was the best-known conductor in the subway in the eighties and nineties, as well as everyone’s favorite.His charm and wit transformed the daily commute and brought smiles to the faces of even the most jaded New Yorkers. Bloodworths life-size portrairs evoke the feeling that the viewer is in the physical presence of the person portrayed.
New York Icons is a collection of powerful life size portraits of four New York creative giants: the outrageously outspoken poet Allen Ginsburg, with the scaffold-clad restoration of Lady Liberty behind him, impassioned Nobel Laureate writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, and stunning renditions of painters Alex Katz and Alice Neel.
New York Icons “The brief time I spent with each of these subjects and my familiarity with their art work helped me to capture various glimpses of their personalities.My paintings evoke the illusion ofthree-dimensional form with hard-edge design, creating a contrast between individuals and their environment,” Sandra Bloodworth.