We are delighted to offer a superb oil on canvas painting featuring two women walking towards a 1950’s or thereabouts subway station entrance by contemporary artist Gil DiCicco. It also shows a man near a 1950’s vehicle in the right background, with old power lines above. There is also other background activity, with large buildings looming in the overall background. But clearly the dominant feature is the marvelous architectural subway station entrance.
This is DiCicco’s contemporary version of a subway entrance circa 1950. The stretcher size of our painting measures 9" high by 12" wide (the sight size is 8 1/2" high by 11½" wide). It is signed DiCicco on the lower left and is titled Astor Place and copyrighted 1987 and again signed Gil DiCicco on the verso. It is in excellent condition with no apparent flaws; no crazing, no paint loss, no scratches, etc. It is also very nicely framed and the overall framed size is 13" high by 16" wide. This is a "Wow" painting.
There are not many records of Gil DiCicco’s paintings for sale (they are primarily retained in the collections of wealthy art collectors). However, we have found two Gil DiCicco’s paintings that were for sale at the famous New York Armory Antique Show in 2014. One was of a woman dipping her feet in the Bethesda Fountain; an oil on canvas measuring 18" x 24" (framed size?) and priced at $11,300. The other painting was of a Victorian house in a wooded landscape; Stowe House, a watercolor measuring 12"x16" (framed size?) and priced at $5,300.
Astor Place - From Wikipedia: Not to be confused with Astor Row.
Astor Place is a short, two-block street in NoHo/East Village, in the lower part of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It runs from Broadway in the west, just below East 8th Street; through Lafayette Street, past Cooper Square and Fourth Avenue; and ends at Third Avenue, continuing as St. Mark's Place. It borders two plazas at the intersection with Cooper Square, Lafayette Street, Fourth Avenue, and Eighth Street – Alamo Plaza and Astor Place Station Plaza. "Astor Place" is also sometimes used for the neighborhood around the street. It was named for John Jacob Astor (at one time the richest person in the United States), soon after his death in 1848. A $16 million reconstruction to implement a redesign of Astor Place began in 2013.
BIOGRAPHY from QART:
"Gil DiCicco has been passionate about art since his youth, beginning his art career as an animation apprentice when he was fifteen years old. DiCicco soon began taking night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and, later, the American Academy of Art. Although his career was interrupted by three years of service in the U. S. Army, upon his return home he opened his own studio in Chicago. From this studio, DiCicco has produced TV commercials, developed animation for government films, and created editorial art. He has worked with illustrious organizations and companies including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Hanna-Barbera, and Disney. DiCicco continues to create incredibly beautiful and vibrantly hued artwork."
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