Young American, February 2017 by Gayle Madeira

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Gayle Madeira

Young American, February 2017


60.96 x 30.48 cm | 24 x 12 in


This work is on loan from a private collection.

“The subway is an interesting place to find people in unguarded moments of thought and contemplation. It is the perfect opportunity for artists to find painting inspiration. For me, the man in this painting represents the anxiety and fear that many New Yorkers were feeling during and just after the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. These feelings are still evident in New York City, shifting from anxiety and fear to hope depending on current news.

In addition to political anxiety, there are many people having difficulties meeting their daily expenses due to the loss of work to globalization. This is hitting the younger generation especially hard and is evident in their faces in many public places. I feel compelled to make paintings of these real people in real moments showing their complex emotions, which often mirror my own.” – GAYLE MADEIRA