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Jessica Newman
Paintings by Jessica Newman seen at Private Residence, Tiburon - Moose Lodge
Image credit: David Solmes

Moose Lodge

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The Moose Lodge is located in South Park, in San Diego. The building sustained a fire in 2010, and unfortunately, the owners did not have fire insurance. Not shown in my painting is the back of the building, which has yet to be rebuilt. I was drawn to this building for the peeling paint on the façade which makes a gorgeous abstract pattern. I also like the streetlight illuminating the bench out front, and the palm trees silhouetted by the setting sun.

Acrylic on canvas
Diptych: 36" x 48" and 36" x 12"

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Jessica Newman

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Jessica Newman's work focuses on urban landscapes, specifically abandoned and neglected architecture. Some of the themes explored in her paintings include gentrification, demolition through neglect, and adaptive reuse.

Newman’s work concentrates on her current city of San Diego. She is documenting the changing city, and by extension, the people living there. She researches the carefully chosen subject buildings, and photographs them at sunset, which is not only the most flattering of all natural light, but also a metaphor for architecture that is about to disappear. Acrylic paint on medium-large canvas allows the viewer to enter the painting and gain a sense of place. Her style is contemporary realism with a focus on pleasing color schemes that are often in opposition with the lonely and desolate subject matter.

The buildings are indicative of an earlier time of great wealth in the United States. As the economy shifts, people and buildings either change or are left behind.

Jessica Newman is a full-time professor at the Art Institute of California-San Diego, where she has been teaching for 12 years. She is also an internationally published author. Her textbook Perspective and Sketching for Designers has been published in both English and Chinese.

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