GWYNETH LEECH: ONE VANDERBILT RISING

Exhibition Catalogue


New York City artist, Gwyneth Leech makes paintings of super-tall and iconic building construction projects around Manhattan. She works in series that can span months or years to capture building phases in accurate detail and vibrant color. She became fascinated with the construction of One Vanderbilt in 2017 as the structural steel was rising above street level. In celebration of its completion in Fall 2020 she is delighted to present "One Vanderbilt Rising", this collection of 23 paintings.


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1. OVA Steel Rising
Winter 2017/18
Oil on canvas
24" high x 48" wide
$9,000

The vantage point for this first painting in the series is the corner of the Park Avenue Viaduct where the elevated roadway that encircles Grand Central Station overlooked the OVA construction site. At this stage, massive steel pillars have been installed and the skeleton of higher floors is just beginning to take shape. The tiny figures of the workers emphasize the gigantic scale of the project. The composition combines views to the north up Vanderbilt Avenue and to the west along 42nd Street.

2. OVA Rising, View from the Park Avenue Viaduct
Spring 2018
Oil on canvas
42" high x 42" wide
$10,000

This painting is a composite of multiple views from the elevated roadway that circles Grand Central Station. The artist made numerous visits to an elevated corner overlooking the construction site, and the final composition incorporates the view to the west and to the north with an emphasis on the many people at work on different levels of the skeletal structure.

3. OVA Skeleton with Chrysler Building
Summer 2018
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
$5400

View from 42nd and Madison Avenue with the facade of Grand Central station and the Chrysler Building beyond.

4. OVA Rising: Installing the First Facade Panels
July 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36" x 24"

COLLECTION OF SL GREEN REALTY

5. Starting the Curtain Wall
November 2018
Acrylic on canvas
36" x 24"

COLLECTION OF NYC CONSTRUCTORS

6. OVA Rising: Installing the Curtain Wall
Spring 2019
Oil on canvas
48" x 36"
$10,000

View looking north from a high floor in a building on the corner of 40th Street and Park Avenue. Curtain wall installation is progressing on OVA and three new towers are seen rising in the distance, on West 57th and West 53rd Streets.

7. OVA and Grand Central, Looking West
July 2019
Watercolor on paper
24" high x 12" wide

PRIVATE COLLECTION


View of Grand Central Station and One Vanderbilt from the south side of 42nd Street at Park Avenue.

8. OVA from 42nd and Vanderbilt Avenue
July 2019
Watercolor on paper
24" high x 12" wide
$1800
9. OVA Rising: the Yellow Tower Crane
July 2019
Acrylic on canvas
36" high x 18" wide
$5400

One Vanderbilt and Grand Central Station from the South Side of 42nd Street, looking west.

10. OVA Curtain Wall in Process
August 2019
Acrylic on canvas
36" high x 24" wide
$6000

View from 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue.

11. OVA Rising, with Chrysler Building
July 2019
Acrylic on canvas
36" x 24"
$6000

View from the southeast corner of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue looking east, showing how the new tower is cut away at the bottom to reveal Grand Central Station and angled back to retain the view of the Chrysler building.

12. Working on the Facade
Summer 2019
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
$6000

View of Vanderbilt Avenue from 42nd Street. The entrance to Grand Central Station is on the right. In the distance is a building on Park Avenue being demolished as OVA is rising.

13. Finishing the Ground Floor During the Pandemic
Summer 2020
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
$6000

View from the corner of East 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in the Spring of 2020. Work continued on the OVA site in some form throughout during the Covid pandemic.

14. OVA Crown Rising 1
2019
Oil on canvas
20" x 10"
$1800

Looking south on Madison Avenue.

15. OVA Crown Rising 2
2019
Oil on canvas
20" x 10"
$1800

Looking south on Madison Avenue.

16. OVA Crown Rising 3
2020
Oil on canvas
20" x 10"
$1800

Looking south on Madison Avenue.

17. OVA Crown Rising 4
2020
Oil on canvas
20" x 10"
$1800

Looking north on Madison Avenue.

18. OVA Crown Rising 5
2020
Oil on canvas
20" x 10"
$1800

Looking north on Madison Avenue.


19. OVA Crown in Progress 1
2019
Oil on wood panel
12" x 9"
$1500

View from Bryant Park at 6th Avenue.

20. OVA Crown in Progress 2
2020
Oil on wood panel
12" x 9"
$1500

View from Bryant Park at 6th Avenue.

21. OVA Crown in Progress 3
2020
Oil on wood panel
12" x 9"
$1500

View from Bryant Park at 6th Avenue.

22. OVA Crown in Progress 4
2020
Oil on wood panel
12" x 9"
$1500

View from Bryant Park at 6th Avenue.

23. OVA Reaching Completion
Summer 2020
Oil on canvas
36" x 18"
$5400

View from 42nd Street looking west in the summer of 2020. A shaft of sunlight between buildings creates abstract blocks of brightness and shadow on the face of Grand Central. The nearly completed OVA tower is suffused with bright light and reflects a blue sky between showers. In the far distance, looking west along 42nd Street it seems that rain is still falling.