Ed Bronstein is an artist member of Gallery 22 owned & curated by Shawn Murray and is probably Philly’s most prolific plein air artist. It’s a wonder he gets any painting done though, since he is so gregarious and popular that when he’s painting outdoors people (DoN included) stop to talk. The collection of 46 paintings at Gallery 22 attests to Ed’s drive to get the job done; many of the paintings are totally plein air but some, like the dog paintings, are completed in the studio. Bronstein sometimes also works from memory in the studio after beginning a painting in the field, he is so familiar with the territory he could probably create a Philly scene with no reference material at all.
Ed Bronstein @ Gallery 22. Ed told DoN that usually he has to paint the doggie portraits from photographs since as we know dogs don’t stay still for very long, even when they’re sleeping. Ed captured many of these dog images at the Schuykill River Park also known as the dog socialization area – one of KaTy the ArT Dog & Lady Doofie’s favorite spots to hang out.
Scenes of Philadelphia by Ed Bronstein @ Gallery 22. DoN recognized the view from Bartram’s Garden in the lower painting since he sat in the same spot but tried to paint out the oil tanks, focusing on the trees. Bronstein saw the sculptural beauty and urban aesthetic of the oil tanks and captured the scene with bold color and swift brush strokes.
Ed Bronstein started this painting in Fitler Square but then worked on it for months in the studio. Libby Rosoff of The Art Blog commented on how hot the colors are compared to the plein air works. Ed will be having a meet and greet in the gallery soon, check their website for dates & time.