Robert Goldstrom - "Bank Paintings"
Robert Goldstrom is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In a former life he worked as an illustrator, learning how to paint while on the job and earning gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. His work has appeared on the covers of Time, the Atlantic, and New York Magazine; in the New York Times and The Boston Globe; posters for the New York City Opera; stamps for the UN; and illustrations for the children’s book, “Dream Away.” Eventually, his desire to paint full-time won out and since 2004, Robert has divided his time between Brooklyn and Provincetown, painting and showing his work and accepting commissions based on his studies.
In his bank painting series, Goldstrom investigates a familiar Brooklyn sight. "I've been painting Brooklyn, and more specifically the Williamsburg Savings Bank Building, for a little over ten years. Much has changed about the place in that time and several of my favorite views are gone or obscured, and thought it's not always mutual, the love affair continues. I'm not a nostalgist, retracing my desire for the time before the high-rises took over. I'm a realist, always looking for the poetry to be found in the city the way it exists. And the poetry is still here, if you're available to it"