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Enchanted Brooklyn
Size: 60" x 48"
Medium: Oil on canvas
Date: 2003

Shapiro Private Collection, Manhattan Beach, CA.

How incongruous, the setting of the Brooklyn Bridge, juxtaposed against an abandoned warehouse, looking across from the city, and in front a sign for the Jacques Torres chocolate store. At the highest point of the canvas stands their logo representing a chocolate baker. Enchanted Brooklyn is submerged in copper, making Brooklyn mysterious. Curiosity is peaked by what the baker’s intentions are, from his high observation point. He also is a figure wanting to cross the bridge and having a fun spreading his love of chocolate in his copper city. Even though, Brooklyn is architecturally industrial today, I have incorporated old silhouettes of domed structures. The warehouse has varied uses within each arch, some are bars, others are empty, ghostly. Once the baker crosses the Brooklyn Bridge, it’s a clear horizon of copper. One wonders where he will go.

This painting was acquired by my Private Collector, Jerry Shapiro in 2004, and this piece was later exhibited at his home for a special event titled "First Art Salon", in March 2005. Art Talk by two artists: myself and Wilma Parker. We presented our works and lectured to a group of docents from SFMOMA and San Francisco Fine Art Museums, (FAMSF). I also presented my video: New Paintings., footage from a past solo show at SOMA Gallery, San Francisco, 2004.

This was the first and only "First Art Salon" held by Jerry Shapiro. He died a few weeks after this event. He was an avid collector and loved the fine arts. During his later years he devoted his time as a docent at SFMOMA and at the de Young Museums. This painting is now residing with Jerry's daughter in Manhattan Beach, CA.

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