The Fountain Gallery in West Midtown, which represents emerging and established artists with mental illness, is presenting the exhibition Osvaldo Cruz/Keith Pavia: New Works. Featured in the show are more than 20 paintings that reflect ambience and street life of New York City by artists Osvaldo Cruz and Keith Pavia.
Cruz’s paintings, which include some done in pen and ink and some acrylic paintings, has most recently embraced spray painting as a form of self-expression. For example, Cruz’s several graffiti paintings such as those titled Pjay feature classic, large bubble letters with pastel and rainbow colors.
Cruz gives his paintings an added dimension by using a variety of nozzles attached to the paint to achieve bold and refined effects on the canvas. Cruz’s paintings are so original that the “New World Stages” theater in Manhattan (where the musical Rent is currently playing) commissioned the artist to produce a graffiti wall outside the theater to further embody the New York City lifestyle.
Keith Pavia’s perspective of New York City is original and visionary as well. Last year, Pavia published the book Ghost Train which features several color gouache works focusing on the subways of the city and its riders. However, for this exhibition, many of Pavia’s works reflect Asian culture where his subjects are of women dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, but with a modern touch. To give the paintings a fancy touch, Pavia made use of objects such as buttons, beads, and glitter, and incorporated them into the acrylic on canvas surface, adding more depth and texture.
At The Fountain Gallery, 702 Ninth Ave. at 48th St., through July 11. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.