This painting depicts a building's imposing facade complemented by verdant surroundings that include large succulent plants, vibrant grass and a tall tree. In this charming landscape, an array of green and turquoise tones are offset by a pink underpainting left visible in certain areas to outline and highlight specific forms. This exchange of natural and manmade surfaces is rendered through exquisitely expressive gestural brushwork and controlled paint handling.
Nick McPhail's work chronicles encounters between Los Angeles’ manufactured and natural environments in a combination of impressionistic and painterly flourishes. His compositions feature mid-century architecture among tropical plants and convey the seductive yet unknowable essence of the city.
Nick McPhail’s paintings chronicle encounters between the manufactured and natural environments of Los Angeles. His compositions contrast the city’s hard-edged architecture with its lush foliage and tropical plants. McPhail employs a refined combination of painterly and impressionistic flourishes to convey the seductive yet ultimately unknowable essence of the city.