Edward Pramuk

Red Pillars, Circa 1975
Mixed Media on Paper
22 x 30 in
“Red Pillars” was painted in my sixth floor studio in the Westbeth Artists Housing facility in New York City in 1974. Our apartment/studio with north light provided rooftop views of adjoining buildings complete with towering chimneys. I watched that cityscape from dawn to dusk as I explored sunlight slanting across countless weathered surfaces. (Abstraction and simplification offered solutions to cope with such a complex visual field) I flattened a couple of red brick chimneys to produce the two vertical shapes which keynote the center of a sheltering geometric space. The result is “Red Pillars.” It is a symmetrical composition in mostly saturated color which is bold and serene at the same time.