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oil on canvas, 24" x 30"
As she gazes out the window, lost in her head, hands giving away some of what is going on inside, I am struck by how the window is like a giant thought bubble above her- with its own world filling it to the very edges.
Ned Axthelm’s current paintings explore the private self that is brought into public and expose the unacknowledged power dynamics that exist between strangers. He chooses his subjects from strangers he encounters randomly and situations common to everyday urban living. His paintings are devoted to the relationship between viewing and being viewed. He earned his MFA at the Academy of Art University and paints the people of the San Francisco Bay area without their knowledge.