Sexually charged oil paintings that glimpse into classic Americana realism

British figurative painter and NYC-based Nigel Van Wieck has spent the past two decades gaining respect and recognition for his artworks that celebrate American realism in all its glory.

All images courtesy of Nigel Van Wieck

All images courtesy of Nigel Van Wieck

With small-format oil paintings in sumptuous colours, he shows us glimpses of classic Americana, including everything from baseball parks and skateboarders to nude sunbathers capturing a little sunshine in the heart of the city.

There's a hint of inspiration from the likes of Edward Hopper, but certainly none of the oppressive sadness that one expects from his paintings. Instead, Van Wieck's works are more of a positive celebration of American life; some including an underlying sprinkling of supercharged sexuality.

What's especially fascinating is that Van Wieck is British-born, so it's interesting that he's taken such a fascination with American realist artists, many of whom he apparently met after moving to the States. Discover more of his beautiful work on his website.


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