Mike Graves, born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, View from Window – Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2017, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches
While in Philadelphia several years ago, and visiting all of the museums back to back, I was taken by something in one of the galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – a window! Normally you don’t see windows in a gallery – at least in the older museums. I pondered it for a minute and then took a photo, as the contrast of not only the window being there, but that the blue sky contrasting with the dark ebony window frame, seemed rather stark and in the moment, appeared to me as art. I eventually decided to paint this unlikely occurrence.
— Mike Graves
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