Katz’s beach scenes of the late 1990s explore the effects of colours and light on specific moments in time. This night scene of Florida’s West Palm Beach details the quiet tranquillity of the water, with the artificial lights of the town reflected calmly on its surface. The visible brushstrokes here make the blackness instantly recognisable as water, describing the swell of the calm sea with an economy of detail key to Katz’s body of work.
West Palm Beach
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on hardboard 22.8 x 29.9 x 0.3 cm ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 © Alex Katz
Alex Katz (born 1927) is an American artist best known for his large-scale paintings, sculptures and prints. His stylised paintings are a modern take on the classical themes of portraiture and landscapes, using flat colour and an economy of line. He has continued to work into his 90s, and is one of America’s most celebrated artists.