San Francisco China Town
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oil on panel, 38 x 30"
With this painting I am capturing the feeling of nature in a very urban environment. The neighborhood reminds me of the feel of a canyon with a river at its bottom, like where I grew up in western Colorado, but everything is buildings and people. A beautiful rushing while the sun quietly sets.
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.