Artworks by Steve Connell
Night paintings of Chicago venues, finger painted on an iPad from sketch to final image.
I love the way night transforms the urban environment. Instinctually we interpret our surroundings differently after dark. In this series of paintings I am trying to capture the unique mood and atmosphere created by night in the city of Chicago. I pick venues that attract this sensibility, some well known, others not. When I paint these images, I try to create a sense of stillness and urban isolation, as though the hour is late and the streets are devoid of people and traffic. The light reflections dance on the street and you can hear the echo on the sidewalk and the hum of the neon.
Chicago with its unique neighborhoods and rich history offers up a multitude of possible locations as subject matter for this series. I find myself like a moth being drawn to the light emanating from corner diners, bars, bakeries, theaters, etc.