A painting of the concourse at Grand Central Railway terminal in New York, one of my favourite ‘spaces’
Back in 2008, I met some colleagues at a restaurant inside Grand Central called Metrazur. It is up on a balcony inside the main concourse ,opposite the one you can see in the painting. As the early evening wore on it became apparent that the sun was setting so that it was shining exactly along East 43rd Street and directly through the East windows. This doesn’t happen that often – certainly despite repeated visits there over the years I have never seen it before or since that one evening. I took some photos including one in the photography section of this blog, but none of them captured the atmosphere, so five years later I decided to paint it, partly from the photos and mostly from memory in terms of terms of colours. The medium is oil paint on a stretched canvas. It is only partly successful but here it is anyway:
As ever, you can click on it for a closer look. The more I have looked at it the more I wonder whether the colours and mood, which are less evident in the photo, were also sub-consciously influenced by the Grand Central ‘Waltz’ scene in The Fisher King, particularly around 50 seconds in. See what you think. Anyway Terry Gilliam does the station far more justice than I can..
The painting was done over two weeks and for those who are interested in such things, here is the painting at the halfway stage:
Whilst here is a wider shot to give you an idea of the size of it, something that is always lost when pictures are digitised:
I have just googled Metrazur to check the spelling and apparently they have closed. I don’ t remember much about the food to be honest, but the venue was superb.