Venetian Red for Despina

This series, Venetian Red for Despina takes on an epic quality, considering Astoria’s past, present and future and how the creative community participates in the framework of the area. 

The series is for Koutsouras a personal one.  He like many has been taken by the allure of the Uppertown net shed that was built in 1900. The building stands as a symbol to the now declining fishing industry, much like the building itself, failing but still standing as an iconic tribute to a way of life that has shifted dramatically.  Through exquisite and subtle use of color he paints the structure in its state today, portraying rough shards of structure battered by decades of storms, reminiscent of old bones of an aged individual not ready to relinquish vanishing youth. 

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