By Christopher Mooney
In 2007, 2008, and 2009 I was invited to be part of three plein-air trips to the Sullivan Power Plant, the Hawley Power House, and the Bull Run organized by the Willamette Falls Foundation. Art Contemplates Industry. This year with the continuation of the plein air trips organized by Estacada Arts Commission to North Fork, and the previous years in 2010 and 2012 (Faraday and River Mill), I was thrilled, because this was an experience of personal significance to me, a turning point perhaps, as it put me in an industrial environment in close contact with the workers there, and enabling me to document buildings and structures that are often unrecognized and forgotten. Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper and Charles Demuth were painting just these kinds of subjects during the Works Projects Administration (WPA) years in the 1930s, but many artists today do not have the opportunity or permission to work at industrial sites.
I hike around the bridges of Portland with my camera and step off the sidewalks to get a different perspective of the city and its bridges. The photos I use are references for me to create original oil paintings.
Media: Oil on canvas Size: 24” x 28” Price: $1,000
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