The New Day. Leonard Koscianski, 42″x26″, oil on canvas, 2019.
The New Day is a medium size painting using oil paint on linen canvas. It is painted from the imagination. The subject is an organic, dreamlike re-creation of my morning run. It is Post Modern, and Surreal in style, and is influenced by Wayne Thiebaud, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, and the Scene Painters of the American Midwest. It is also related in style to the now forgotten, Cleveland School of art, a group of Modern artists and designers that were loosely clustered around the Cleveland Institute of Art, from which I graduated.
Because this painting appropriates styles from the past it is Postmodern Art. It differs from my earlier artwork like “Wild Dogs”, which is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The painting represents an imaginative reconstruction of Annapolis, Maryland. The people in the painting represent activities taking place in the early morning hours, with the artist at the end of the long dock. . The man with the flashlight is searching for something, but what?
Highly detailed, with an overall blue coloration that gives the painting an early morning feel; night is ending, and a new day is just beginning.
This painting can be seen at the J Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, California.