Pairing high-end art with high-end realty, Sonya Sklaroff’s Solo Art Exhibition will be displayed at a gorgeous Upper East Side triplex.
Contemporary American painter Sonya Sklaroff is holding a solo exhibition at a beautiful, $7.7 million triplex townhouse on 226 East 79th street. The exhibition commences with a private cocktail reception on October 19th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, and runs through November 19th by appointment only.
This exhibition of oil on canvas paintings is a compilation of work from the last three years reflecting the emotional journey of the artist throughout the ebbs and flows of the pandemic in New York City. These paintings exemplify feelings of hope, promise, joy, and renewal even during the darkest days of the pandemic.
Featured in the exhibition, “Socially distanced serenade” (oil on canvas, 24×18 inches) depicts a guitarist at moonlight at night (the musician Bobby Wooten III, Sklaroff’s dear friend and muse), playing at the window of an old building downtown, a water tower silhouetted above him on the rooftop. Across the street in another silhouetted building (this one with a fire escape) is a young woman wistfully listening to Wooten’s music, longing to be with him, yet because they must socially distance, they remain apart.
“Garden Buddha” (oil on canvas, 40×30 inches), portrays a lush secret garden in the city (The Clinton Community Garden) with a buddha statue in prayer position in the foreground, seeming to be praying for better days to come.
“I miss my neighborhood cafe” (oil on canvas, 24×30 inches) is a painting done from memory of Café Angelique, Sklaroff’s favorite café on Bleecker Street that she used to frequent on her way to her Noho studio each morning. Many small businesses closed during the pandemic, and this painting is an homage to the small cafes and stores that shuttered.
“I consulted with a reliable source who told me that we are going to be ok” (oil on canvas, 24×18 inches) is a piece that portrays Zoltar the fortune teller (this one at Coney Island) who has given his customer the fortune on a piece of paper written “You will be ok”. During the height of the pandemic, people were reaching for good news any way they could find it. Sklaroff decided that perhaps even Zoltar the fortune teller could be the bearer of good news.
“The pandemic has been an excruciating time for everyone, but I witnessed New Yorkers coming together to show strength and resilience. My paintings reflect the hope and perseverance that the people of New York City experienced during this time of pain and suffering” Sklaroff states. “And now New York City has returned, improving more and more each day”.
ABOUT SONYA SKLAROFF – Sonya Sklaroff is a Contemporary American painter who lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Parsons School of Design. Sklaroff has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions in the US and abroad. Her paintings may be found in public, private and museum collections around the world.
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