Studio City Cypress
This painting features a basketball hoop with a missing net, emerging from seven cypress trees. This scene depicts the artist's childhood home in Studio City, part of Los Angeles, California.
This work explores isolation in suburban Los Angeles, where the artist was born. This composition is part of a series of acrylic-based works that are intimate in size and investigate liminal spaces—transitional locations or states of being. Jake Sheiner's work explores how these quiet spaces can be perceived as abandoned or frozen in time, creating a slightly unsettling yet familiar feeling. For the artist, this nostalgia for a place never visited is a part of the Los Angeles landscape and related to its ubiquitousness in pop culture.
Jake Sheiner’s cinematic paintings depict a nostalgic Los Angeles landscape that viewers are familiar with through pop culture. Drawing inspiration from Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, David Hockney and Lois Dodd, the artist’s work similarly transforms everyday moments into memorable narrative scenes. Sheiner’s compositions explore the undercurrent of isolation and loneliness underneath the beautiful LA landscape, which is frequently obscured in favor of presenting an ideal self.