Sharilyn Neidhardt is an painter 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.
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 regularly shows Ms Neidhardt's work for Bushwick Open Studios
, the first weekend in June. In depth discussion of art materials and techniques is encouraged!
On The Street Where You Live, 2014
oil on wood panel, 24 by 24 in
I shot this photo during golden hour while walking in SoHo. My brother and I were headed over to City Winery to see Valerie June perform, and the weather was just incredibly beautiful that night. I walked from Union Square to TriBeCa and shot photos the whole way.
from the series “Instagrams”. SOLD
3:01 pm • 14 October 2014
"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.
2:56 pm • 14 October 2014
Zucotti Park, 2012
oil on wood panel, 20 in x 30 in
From a news photograph of the protestors being evicted from Zucotti Park in the fall of 2012.
2:55 pm • 14 October 2014
Self Portrait, 2006
oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in, $500
As a younger person (and a classic extrovert), I loathed to look within. I generally don’t like photos of myself. I didn’t even like looking at myself in the mirror! But for some reason, I was moved by this photo taken of me by my friend Jade Getz. She snapped me crying in the snow after a particularly emotional performance with my band. I barely remember now what upset me. But this image seemed to coalesce at the tip of my brush without me doing very much at all.
2:18 pm • 14 October 2014
"Coffee Service", 2005
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in, $400
Like most of the hipster wonderlands I’ve set up shop in over the years, Brooklyn has a pretty involved and evolved brunch circuit. In my fifteen or so years here, I’ve never preferred any place over Fada on Driggs Ave in Williamsburg. I took this photo there, finding something comforting in the curve of the cup handles glinting in the Sunday sunlight.
2:14 pm • 14 October 2014 • 1 note
"All Hallows", 2002
oil on canvas, 24 x 18, $300
I painted this after a trip to Woodstock with my friend Sara to visit her family. I took SO MANY photos running around in the changing leaves and visiting fellow artists. These were a pair of jack o’ lanterns in someone’s long unpaved driveway, smeared and made garish by my camera lens and fast film speed.
2:11 pm • 14 October 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