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The Urbane Cityscapes of Frederick Brosen

February 22 - April 28, 2002


New York artist Frederick Brosen creates views of parks, street corners, and bridges; suggesting the lives that have passed through these city spaces in New York, Paris, and London. The artist's visual insight into urban terrains encompass pathways of movement, patterns of habit, and rhythms of the seasons. On view at the Frye Feb. 22 - April 28, 2002, The Urbane Cityscapes of Frederick Brosen brings a heightened awareness to the perspective of the city as a place of history and experience. (left: New Row, London, 1999, watercolor on paper, 30 x 50 inches, Private collection)

Brosen (b. 1954) captures the essence of his subject matter by observing the complexities of age, the character of interchanges, gradations of color, and architectural fine points. With painstaking care and commitment, he sketches a scene, photographs, and sketches again. Drawing first, then painting, Brosen builds his color by starting with light washes and adding layer after layer of color, with different colors for each area as dictated by the site. The results are crystalline and sophisticated images that reflect the special nature of each place through the intimacy of countless details. (right: Village Saint Paul, 2001, watercolor and graphite on paper, 34 3/4 x 23 inches, Courtesy of Forum Gallery. NYC)

A native New Yorker, Brosen studied at City College of New York, the Art Students League, and Pratt Institute. Brosen's work has been distinguished in the art world with numerous exhibitions since his first solo exhibition in 1983 at the Staempfli Gallery in New York City.

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