(A) Recent Work

 

 Urbanscapes

My recent work focuses on “nature in the city”. In my paintings I juxtapose the city’s hardscapes with its natural elements, highlighting those contrasts, and capturing nature emerging from the concrete. I also create art events which bring attention to how the urban environment interfaces with nature.

Specifically, in 2012 I turned my attention to the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. In contrast to pristine areas upstate, I was now focussing on one of the most polluted. The Gowanus Canal was designated a superfund site in 2010. Working closely with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, I began to dig deeper (literally and figuratively) to learn more about this urban landscape. I did so by studying, gardening, researching, observing, and capturing.

Urbanscapes depict New York City as a “Landscape”; both by marrying natural aspects of the past with present day and future imagery as well as using a panoramic format I offer a wider perspective on a cityscape that is more typically defined by its people, streets, and architecture.

The Native and Non Native Vignettes are species that thrive or once thrived here in New York City and are ones I’ve encountered here in New York City.

I hope this series will suggest the ecological past, document the present, and envision the future of the New York City landscape as well as advocate for greener cities to come.
Gowanus Canal Jessica Dalrymple

Urbanscape III; Gowanus Bay, 18 x 36, oil on canvas (2015)

Urbanscape IV

Urbanscape IV; Gowanus Canal, 18 x 36, oil on canvas ( in process)

Urbanscape V

Urbanscape V; Gowanus Canal, 18 x 36, oil on canvas (in process)

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Urbanscape II; Gowanus Bay, 18 x 36, oil on canvas (2015)

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Urbanscape I; Gowanus Bay Mouth To Atlantic, 18 x 36, oil on canvas (2015)

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Urbanscape VI, Gowanus Canal, 18 x 36, oil on canvas

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Urbanscape triptych 1; Gowanus Canal 18 x 108, oil on canvas (2015)

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Urbanscape Triptych 2; Gowanus Canal, 18 x 108, oil on canvas (2016)

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Native Vignette; Paten spartina (marsh grasses) II, 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2016)

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Non Native Vignette; Myiopsitta, (monk parakeet), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas (2015) SOLD

Native Vignette; White Pine copyNon Native Vignette; Pinus thunbergii (japanese black pine), 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2015)

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Native Vignette; Populus (poplar), 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2016) SOLD

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Non Native Vignette; Columba (pigeon), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas (2016) SOLD

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Native Vignette; Symphytotrichum (asters), 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2016)

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Non Native Vignette; Daucus carota (queen anne’s lace), 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2016) SOLD

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Native Vignette; Piranga olivacea (scarlet tanager), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas (2016)

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Native Vignette; Parthenociussus quinquefolia (virginia creeper), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas (2016)

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Native Vignette; Cephea (cauliflower jellyfish), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas, (2016)

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Non Native Vignette; Albizia julibrissin (mimosa), 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2017)

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Non Native Vignette; Ficus carica (fig tree), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas (2017)

Marsh Grasses

Native Vignette; Paten spartina (marsh grasses) II, 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2016) SOLD

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Native Vignette; Solidago sempervirens (seaside golden rod), 20″x30″, oil on canvas (2016)

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Non-Native Vignette; Gingko biloba (gingko), 12″ x 12″, oil on canvas (2016) SOLD

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Non Native Vignette, Apis mellifera (honey bee), 6″ x 6″, oil on canvas (2017) SOLD

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Native Vignette; Celithemis eponinia (halloween pennant dragonfly), 8″ x 8″, oil on canvas (2017) SOLD img_7988

Veritcal Urbanscape, 36 x 18, oil on canvas (2016)

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Native Falco Peregrinus (peregrine falcon) 18″ x 18″, oil on canvas (2016) SOLD

 

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Vertical Urbanscape II (Newton Creek), 30″ x 20″, oil on canvas (2017)

Acknowledgments

Eric Sanderson’s Mannahatta, fueled my interest in the history of the New York City landscape. His writings and the illustrations by Markley Boyer allowed me to envision the

New York City landscape as unspoiled land abounding with a diverse array of plant & animal species in a variety of ecosystems.

Eymund Diegel, urban planner and map maker extraordinaire, helped flesh out specifically how the Gowanus landscape and shorelines looked “pre-concrete” by sharing his wealth of knowledge and his collection of historic maps, paintings, and drawings of Gowanus.

The Urban Ecology Lecture series hosted by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy has also been a great soure of inspiration.

INSPIRATION & SKETCHES & STUDIES:

Study for Urbanscapes: Gowanus Canal Left Triptych, mixed media on paper, 8 x 20 (2015)

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Inspiration board for “Urbanscapes”

Bioswales, 12 x 24, oil on board HIGH RES copy

Inspiration for Urbanscapes: Bioswales, by, Jessica Dalrymple,  12 x 20, oil on cradled maple (2015) SOLD

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Inspiration for Urbanscapes: Renewable Energscapes by, Jessica Dalrymple, 12 @ 8″ x 10″, oil on board (2014) SOLD. Commissioned by the co.; Pengea

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Inspiration for Urbanscapes; Mannahatta by, Eric Sanderson & Art work by Markley Boyer

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Inspiration for Urbanscapes; photo and historical illustration references