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Kevin Cyr  Brooklyn, NY

Oil on Panel
'N. Henry'
Oil on Panel

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About Kevin

In a culture in which people are easily lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find beauty in derelict cars and unkempt landscapes. I have always been interested in painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.

I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans — especially when covered with graffiti — and in the old RVs parked off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age.

Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.

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Robert Standish

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"His work is the right mix of cool , crisp, and contemplative. I like how it makes me think of how an appreciation of something sometimes has to go through certain filters of time. Cy's work is a reminder to view the new, the mundane and even the bane in our surroundings as openly as possible ."

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8 reactions displayed

"hes got good stuff ya no"

"Wow. This looks very real. I love it."

"Have to say, I am not usually a 1-item kinda lover, but I do like this. I also spent 25 years in NYC and can totally relate to the red van. I have to say the pristine blue commercial background is really kind of funny & works for me. Even the ice cream truck has character. Maybe because I haven't really seen this focus before & so it is different, but I really like these."

"as a bushwick resident, gotta give you props for the red truck...i love that you've found beauty and created art in places most wouldn't bother to look!"

"Kevin has been very successful in meeting his objectives. These are great paintings. Here's a terrific interview: going to his website and seeing his great new direction in painting."

"These paintings do give a certain emotion. The subject matter is not something I would think, would pull me in. But it does. I like these very much."

"Cool.I love the way you recreated these vehicles."

"Your work is wonderful! but I can't believe you are sharing a web site with John Gara he is crude and a disgusting artist !!!!"

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