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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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