• mixed-media acrylic painting

    16" x 20"

     

    NYC collage painting of multicultural architectural elements appropriately includes fragments of Hebrew, Chinese and graffiti.

    Mishmash by Marian Osher ©2015
    741,600
    Price On Request
  • Mixed-media acrylic painting

    16" x 20"

     

    Chinese lettering juxtaposed with part of the Ideal Hosiery sign on Grand Street reflects ethnic diversity of Lower East Side.

    Ideal by Marian Osher ©2015
    748,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    16" x 20"

     

    Wall graphic signage for former Beckensteins Fabric store on Orchard Street in Lower East Side

    Beckensteins by Marian Osher ©2015
    751,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    20" x 16"

     

    Leather Jackets for sale hang outside stores on Orchard Street, Lower East Side, NY.

    Street Sale by Marian Osher ©2015
    481,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    16" x 20"

     

    Colorful rolls of fabric in Lower East Side. Inspired by a visit to Zarin Fabrics on Orchard Street, Lower East Side, NYC

    Fabulous Fabrics by Marian Osher ©2015
    771,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    16" x 20"

     

    Composit painting inspired by windows of a corset store and a uniform store on Orchard Street in Lower East Side, NYC.

    The Red Corset by Marian Osher ©2015
    749,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    16" x 20"

    Painting of sign for Katz's Delicatession, an icon of Lower East Side on E. Houston Street.

    Katz's by Marian Osher ©2015
    728,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    20" x 16"

     

    North Dumpling restaurant on Essex Street, Lower East Side, NYC

    North Dumpling by Marian Osher ©2015
    488,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    20" x 16"

     

    Painting inspired by Economy Candy store window and awning on Rivington Street, Lower East Side, NYC

    "Sweet Tooth" by Marian Osher ©2015
    760,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    11" x 14"

     

    Painting of Jewish triangle pastries (Hamantaschen) from a bakery in Lower East Side.

    Hamantaschen by Marian Osher ©2015
    758,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    12" x 12"

     

    Painting inspired by dried fruit in window of Russ and Daughters on E Houston Street in Lower East Side, NYC

    Dried Fruit Medley by Marian Osher ©2015
    604,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    12" x 12"

     

    Painting of bialys (a Polish flatbread, somewhat like a bagel with no whole), inspired by visit to Kossar's Bialys on Grand Street in Lower East Side, NY

    Bialys by Marian Osher ©2015
    610,600
    Price On Request
  • mixed-media acrylic painting

    12" x 12"

     

    This painting "Food Feast" brings an ethnic diversity of foods together in one painting.

    Food Feast by Marian Osher ©2015
    744,600
    Price On Request
  • L.E.S. Echoes

    My fascination with discovering the history and diversity of L.E.S. began three years ago. As a Maryland artist and frequent traveler to New York, I reflect an outsider's perspective in these mixed-media paintings that explore the vibrant diversity of the Lower East Side.

    I am grateful for the resources of the Tenement Museum, the L.E.S. BID (Business Improvement District), the United Jewish Council of the East Side, the Angel Orensanz Foundation, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, and the Henry Street Settlement. I spent many hours and days walking all of the streets of L.E.S. and it's extended boundaries, visiting synagogues, churches, parks, restaurants, shops, and fabric stores. I talked with shopkeepers and people I met on the street, and went on informative tours offered by the Tenement Museum. I read books about the waves of immigrants that shaped the housing, foods, industry and languages that still imprint L.E.S., despite the trendy gentrification of the neighborhood.

    My paintings reflect the blending of past and present, and are colored and textured by the emotions I have experienced from my in depth exploration of the Lower East Side. To me, L.E.S represents beginnings, growing pains, assimilation, and the flowering of the richness of ethnic diversity that generations of immigrants have brought to this country. So many of our families' stories began in L.E.S. The echoes of the past give us strength in the present, and are filtered by our memories.

    Several of my paintings are inspired by some of the ethnic foods that continue to flavor L.E.S shops and restaurants. Dried fruit in the Russ and Daughters window becomes an organic abstraction. Bialys are interpreted as a boundless landscape. Economy Candy, pickles from the Pickle Guys, Hamantoshen (triangle pastries), and vegetable dumplings from North Dumpling on Essex Street add color, texture and flavor to the visual menu. "Food Feast" brings an ethnic diversity of foods together in one painting.

    "The Red Corset", "Fabulous Fabrics", and "Street Sale" pay tribute to remnants of the fabric and clothing industries that played a dominant role in the history of the Lower East Side.

    Other paintings highlight multilingual signage in Hebrew, Chinese, English and graffiti. The block lettering of Katz's Deli sign boldly strikes the sky, while the ghost white vintage signage of Beckensteins retains it's ethereal presence on a multi-story red brick wall. Signage on Ideal Hosiery set against a peeling painted background evokes subliminal images of changing times. "Mishmash", a collage painting of multicultural architectural elements appropriately includes fragments of Hebrew, Chinese and graffiti.

    I hope that my paintings will invite you to reflect upon the memories, stories, industry and foods that echo the ethnic diversity and cultures that have shaped the Lower East Side. The changing “landscape” of L.E.S. fortunately still retains visible reminders which are today’s footprints of the past.

    Media
    I work with various acrylic media, torn and crushed paper. For "Sweet Tooth", I collaged acid free crystal clear acetate on top of the hard candy to simulate wrappers. In the painting "North Dumpling" I created canvas dumplings from heavy floor canvas shapes, stuffed them with cloth and molded them into dumpling shapes. I used painted crushed shells to create the vegetable dumpling filler in the open dumpling.

    Marian Osher Artist Statement L.E.S. Echoes ©2015
    761,960
    Price On Request
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