Sharilyn Neidhardt is an artist and photographer working in North Brooklyn. Email her and say 'hi'.
Ms Neidhardt draws on her training as a photojournalist and as a paintmaker to create images describing celebrity, human conflict, urban alienation, and passion. She finds inspiration in everything from Instagrams to newspaper front pages. She is currently employed as an interaction designer.
All the oil paintings displayed here are created with handmade materials using traditional methods, and are guaranteed to be completely archival.
The Postmodernist Lending Library will be showing Ms Neidhardt's work for Bushwick Open Studios
, May 31 - June 1 2014. In depth discussion of art materials and techniques are encouraged! Tarot card reading will be provided for interested parties.
"Forget It, Jake", 2014
oil on wood panel, 24 x 24 inches
Chinatown has always been a really special place for me. It’s a sort of in-between space: it’s in America, but the signs and signifiers are overwhelmingly Chinese/foreign. I’ve travelled to many of the Chinatowns in North America and they all share a poignant mix of dislocation, adaptation, and longing. When I’ve been broke, Chinatown groceries fed me for a week on $25. When I’ve been lonely, the bustle of Chinatown streets (not to mention my favorite foot massage parlor) has comforted me. When I’ve felt uninspired, Chinatown has challenged my assumptions and tickled my senses. Chinatown is more than a place for me, it’s an idea.
I love Chinese food, an obsession I share with my father, nurtured at my high school afterwork job at a popular Chinese restaurant in Southern California, and refined in my travels as far afield as Shanghai and Beijing. Whatever else Chinatown symbolizes for me, it is also unrelentingly delicious.
Elizabeth and Grand streets in Manhattan. From the series “Instagrams”. Suggested price $1000.
10:39 am • 30 May 2014
A Fond Farewell, 2014
oil on wood, 24 x 24 inches
I quit drinking in 2013 after an enthusiastic 25-year-long love affair with wine tastings and dive bars. Getting sober has been predominantly a joyful experience for me, and I’m not often plagued by the urge to take up drinking again. Every once in a while, though, I remember sipping a particularly delicious wine at a beautiful moment in my life and I get a little wistful. This image is a little memorial to all those moments, and all the glasses of rose which will now go undrunk my me.
from the “Instagrams” series. Suggested price: $1000
10:33 am • 30 May 2014
Gold Lion (Prince of Cups), 2013
oil on cradled wood panel, 24 x 36 inches
This is based on a photo of my friend Mike. I don’t know who took it or where it came from, because I stole it from his Google+ page. In adapting the image, I increased the surface area of the water so it fills nearly two-thirds of the image. Mike seems to have a lot going on under the surface!
Sometimes paintings can sit for months on my easel, and other times they happen so quickly that I hardly remember painting them. ‘Gold Lion’ was painted in about 7 days, I could hardly wait for each thin glaze to dry before adding more detail. I still love looking at this image, I feel like this painting rose up from my subconscious to teach me things, or 'show me where the light is'.
suggested price $1200.
2:20 pm • 30 April 2013
Ruby Lake, 2013
This canvas began its life as something I literally wiped my brushes on, then gradually it became a place I tested out new tubes of color, and eventually morphed into this feminine, floral image.
18 x 24, oil on canvas. Now in private collection.
2:18 pm • 30 April 2013
"Our Lady of Seaside Heights", 2012
oil on cradled wood panel, 20 x 30 in
I was a tabloid photo editor for many years, and one of the duties I was most ambivalent about in that position was sorting through paparazzi photos of various celebrities, major and minor. Those agencies took a special glee in circulating celebrity mugshots as well, sifting them in with the candid sidewalk photos as if the police booking camera were just another tool of the tabloid press. Snooki’s mugshot stood out to me, though. Although she is being booked for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, she seems oddly serene in her mugshot, contrite. She put me in mind of a Munch Madonna painting, and that’s also how I interpreted the mugshot in this painting.
From the series ‘Celebrity Disasters’. suggested price $1200
4:03 pm • 31 May 2012
“Hard Blue Line”, 2011 (diptych)
2 cradled birch panels, 16 x 16 each
suggested price $1100
2:29 pm • 18 May 2012
"Chloral Hydrate", 2012
This painting has a gorgeous, delicate surface which isn’t readily apparent in this photo. Like Anna Nicole Smith (who is depicted), it’s varnished within an inch of its life. It’s named for the drug that the coroners said killed her, though there were many, many chemicals in her system at the time of her death. And we all know she died of a broken heart.
Oil and varnish on cradled wood panel, 24 x 24 in
From the series ‘Celebrity Disasters’. suggested price $800
12:00 am • 1 May 2012
oil on cradled wood panel, 18 x 24 in
From the series ‘Celebrity Disasters’. suggested price $900
12:00 am • 1 May 2009
oil on wood panel, 20 x 30 inches.
Children in the Nairobi slums celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama.
suggested price: $800
4:00 pm • 10 May 2008
oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.
Palestinians wait at a Ramallah crossing for the return of the bodies of comrades.
suggested price $750
3:53 pm • 10 May 2008 • 1 note