Toast of the Town: Grant Schexnider

13 Sep

Few places in the US hold our fascination like New Orleans does.  It’s heady dose of hard partying, spirituality and historic charm completely enchants us.  Chicago artist Grant Schexnider ‘s work addresses the iconography of New Orleans and the bayou with bold strokes and a seemingly carefree style, much like NOLA itself.

Sazaerac, oil on canvas, 36×36

Old Fashioned, oil on canvas, 36×36

You can practically hear the jazz horns, taste the andouille, feel the misquitos’ sting.  His palette is rich and warm, like the colors of the city’s weathered buildings and vibrant characters.

Blue Heron, oil on canvas, 20×20

Deliberately messy layers remind us of a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously in spite of its history of hardship.  The cheerful resilience of the people of New Orleans may be captured in the warmth of Schexnider’s palette.

Blue Shotgun, oil on canvas, 18×36

Shotgun 2b, oil on canvas

To see more of Grant Schexnider’s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website and the website of his representing NOLA gallery, Gallery Orange.

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