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Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts

Madison Ave., NY, NY  1984

After having painted for over 30 years, Michael Osterweil has emerged as a sensitive and competent figurative artist. His early drawings of big cities, Paris, Caracas New York, with the carefully planned compositions, beautifully catch the mood of the big city, with its loneliness, sadness, alienation. Executed with a sure hand these drawings with their rich texture and masterful use of chiaroscuro, first remind you of photo graphs, so detailed and exact are the images. It is only when you come up closer that you see and admire the craft of the artist and the vibrating power and drama of the line.

During the period which the artist calls Romantic realism, Michael Osterweil created a great number of colorful city-scapes that are reminiscent of the works of a group of painters belonging to the Super Realist movement. The difference between Osterweil and the Super Realists is that the works of the former tend to be invariably warm and fresh and theatrically romantic while the latter put so much emphasis on the craft of the execution that they often neglect the feeling and remain passive observers with excellent technical skills. Michael Osterweil’s “romantic” period has an affinity, both in spirit and treatment, with the work of Winslow Homer, the great American realist whose austere paintings and somber colors influenced many a painter seeking solitude.

 
Randall Gallery
Madison Ave., NY, NY  1984
Osterweil’s latest works are very different from his earlier pieces. They are still figurative but it is a new kind of figurativism. The artist has created a new world, a world that is miles apart from the one he painted before. In the past he painted the world the way he saw it. Now he paints his attitude to the world he has created. It is the world of a child, colorful and naive, with strange balloon-like creatures and likable robots who act out their games, funny and not so funny, in a closed space of a picture, a TV screen, or on a page of a “Color-it-yourself” book. It is a surreal world, laconic and almost cartoon-like, with extensive use of local colors, purposefully awkwardly applied, a world intriguing and fascinating.
Unlike many artists who are afraid to change and keep working in the manner that made them known and recognizable, Michael Osterweil, despite a long and successful career as an artist, keeps changing and embraces new challenges.
 
 

Oil on canvas 40" x 50" 1985

Oil on canvas 32" x 45"  198

   
   
   

Oil on canvas 40" x 50"  1985

Oil on canvas 32" x 45" 1985

   
   
   

Oil on canvas 32" x 45" 1985

Oil on canvas 40" x 50" 1985

   
   
   

Oil on canvas 18" x 26" 1985

Oil on canvas 18" x 26" 1985

   
   
   

Oil on canvas 18" x 26" 1985

Oil on canvas 18" x 26" 1985

   
   
   

Oil on canvas 16" x 24" 1978

Oil on canvas 16" x 24" 1978

   
 

Oil on canvas 18" x 26" 1977

   
   
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
   
 
 
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