Friday Night Jacket
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oil on canvas, 15.5 x 34"
On my way home from work, watching these folks headed out for a night of fun, wearing their going out finery.
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.