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Urban Landscapes: Art by Paul Sershon

An oil painting of a carnival concession standStromboli, oil on canvas

Florida-based artist Paul Sershon got his start with artwork that explored the urban landscapes of California. In his current practice, the artist uses watercolours and oil paints to explore a range of subjects, from still life to automobiles to natural scenery.

A painting of several palm trees on flat groundMerritt Island, oil on hardboard

Paul’s gallery of still life paintings is particularly interesting. The works are a departure from the usual subjects that one would associate with still-life painting, instead focusing on larger structures such as carnival rides and concession stands. The images are classically Californian, expressing a summery, coastal aesthetic that’s splashed with bright colours and blocks of text. These subjects remind me of the shop fronts of Tony Ziegler.


A screen capture of Paul Sershon's art


The artist has a particular way of painting that lends authentic texture to even plain white sections of a painting – in one of his still life works, for example, this might mean that a white sign board looks weathered with subtle grey smudges. In other works, such as his natural landscapes, the green expanses of grass or trees become movement-filled seas of changing green tones. 


A painting of an old Mercedes with wood panelingMerc Woody

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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