Medium:Oil on Board
Colorful streetscape scene with a red sidewalk through the center.Cross like shapes upper left corner. Framed.
This abstract, colorful cityscape scene by artist S.J. Horowitz uses the painting technique impasto. Identified by its characteristic thick layers of oil paint, the word impasto is Italian in origin, meaning “dough” or “mixture.” To create the thick layers, the oil paint is often mixed right on the canvas. Because of this thick application, the brush or painting-knife strokes are often visible. This technique can be used to reflect light in a certain way, give expressiveness to the painting, or, in this case, give the painting a more three-dimensional look. The thicker areas of paint reflect the light, giving the street scene movement and life. The areas of orange and gold almost make it look like lights are coming on in the buildings as evening approaches. Even though the actual location this painting depicts is unknown, the colors and techniques used make it seem almost familiar, like this street could represent any number of communities preparing to settle in for the night.