This body of work takes on the Upper East Side as viewed through the lens of the Society Portrait. High Society has traditionally been the focus of grand style portraiture, but modernism rejected the old order. Its fascination with aristocracy and portraiture was then viewed as retrograde and antithetical to advanced art. Where are we as a culture today in this regard? How are the 1% viewed? As glamorous or greedy? Admired or scoffed at?
What I find particularly attractive about this subject matter is that it feels slightly taboo. It is the world of many of today’s collectors but perhaps one which they don’t wish to see portrayed in art. They’d rather, it seems, take a vicarious walk on the wild side through the eyes (and works) of the bohemian artist. In this under-depicted-in contemporary-high-art realm, I sensed an opportunity to observe somewhat afresh.