Wednesday, July 23, 2014

John Dubrow gets it

March 16, 2009 by  
Filed under cityscape painting

John Dubrow World Trade Center: View of Manhattan, 1997, oil on canvas, 90″ x 96″

I remember seeing a show of John Dubrow’s work in the early 90′s that turned my brain inside out in how a painting can be about the paint as much as its subject. His large masses of color applied impasto with a knife and large brushes in a sophisticated and sensual surface texture render you speechless with delight.
The color perfectly captures the light and form of his subject without fussy modeling and detail – he goes for the essence and gets it.

Some excellent reviews of his work include the article “Two Masters of Color” by John Goodrich that you can read on John Dubrow’s website and Maureen Mullarkey’s “John Dubrow’s Handsome Urban Motifs”

John Dubrow Self-Portrait, 2007, Oil on linen, 48″ x 40″

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3 Responses to “John Dubrow gets it”
  1. Richard Dean says:

    This guy’s work is awesome and I’d probably never have found it without this site. Thanks, Larry, for doing such a great job of putting out so much useful information and so many amazing images by amazing people.

    • Larry says:

      Thanks Richard, I’m happy this blog helped to introduce his work to you. I’d like to do another article about his work in the future, perhaps an interview if I can swing it.

  2. Kevin D Smith says:

    There is an exhibition of Dubrow’s work at Lori Bookstein ( in NYC from Mar 21 2013 -April 20, 2013, and a retrospective at the Demuth Museum ( in PA until May 19, 2013. I think at least one of his World Trade Center paintings is in the exhibition.

    I also stumbled across a 2012 interview by David Yezzi in the New Criterion (

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