Fast Life - Melvin Richardson

This gallery contains a collection of art that focuses on Life in the big city, and how it has been viewed from different perspectives over time.  City life has been thought of as fast moving, exciting, and entertaining for most. However, the city also offers a contrasting side to the lively characteristics that normally draw people into the city. These paintings/photos show us the movement and the visually striking elements of the city from both a positive and negative perspective. 

This painting shows the village life. In what may have been considered a small city in 1559, the painting shows constant movement and a very colorful and lively canvas. The different levels in the painting such as the path that seems to run above the building in the center of the painting gives the it depth,the sailboat in the distance also gives depth to the overall look of the painting.
This painting shows people traveling in boats along the Grand Canal around the year 1738. The painting is balanced asymmetrically, as seen in the way the buildings seem to be equally proportioned on both sides of the canal. The subtle ripples of the water and the different directions that the boats are facing suggest movement and the colors are complementary. You don't need roads to be busy in the city!
This painting depicts the inner-city work life. It shows people walking to and from work in the industrial part of the city. The painting shows and excellent use of vertical and horizontal lines and color. The people show the repetitious principle of design because they all seem to be marching along with their heads down. The buildings in the painting have proportional elements that gives viewers an even view of the painting.
This piece shows the towns people walking, talking and interacting with one another in the towns square. This painting was made using charcoal and watercolors. The colors in the piece contrast having the majority of it being dark with pops of color all over the painting. This piece also looks to have some implied texture to it.
This photograph shows a busy city street in 1958, filled with traffic and people shopping. Although this photo is in black and white you can see the contrast in it the right side of the street is bright and the left side is in the shadows You can also see depth in the length of the street and also the buildings are proportioned on both sides of the street.
This photograph depicts the vastness grandeur of the buildings towering over the streets below. Progressing into modern times, this photo was taken in 2007. You can see the analogous color scheme in the photo, as well as the emphasis on the building in facing the camera. This photo shows the busy streets of the "Big City."
This Photo shows street performers showing off their talents on Time Square in the New York City. The colors are complimentary, vibrant and bold. Movement is apparently displayed among the performers. You can also see the different shapes in the photo, rectangles and squares stand out in the performance area, the buildings and bulletin boards hanging above the street.
The photo shows the people and activities they are involved in on a "Super Block". The photo immediately stands out with the movement of the photo shown through moving along the streets. the photo is blurred in spots from this movement. The vertical lines of the buildings draw the viewers eyes upwards and gives the photo some spatial perspective as if you were looking up from a sitting position on a bench or stool
This Photo show the residential area of a big city and the minimal amount of space used for parking along the street. The trees shows vertical lines and the buildings in the photo shapes the photo. The angle of the road gives depth to the photo. The horizontal lines of the photo shows movement flowing from left to right. the colors of the photo are dark contrasted with light areas.
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