East End artist, John Crimmins was born in New York in 1963. As an American Impressionist painter, he lives in New York and he is very active in the Hamptons. Incredibly, he is self-taught, having studied the works and techniques of the prominent American artist Charles Hawthorne and living by his saying “Let Color make form”. If you view John’s paintings at close inspection you will see single spots of color silhouetted with another which not only shows his skill but his passion and intricate dedication to his work. His paintings are done 'alla prima', that in Italian means 'at first attempt', it is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. With this style of painting the work is to be completed while the paint is still wet, so once started his works are finished in one session.
He is a member of the East End Arts Council and his paintings are a part of the Ken Ratner Collection and the Southold Historical Society in New York. His works were a part of the Islip Art Museum IAM Pocket sized open Call Exhibition in 2015. He is mostly known for his Flag and Beach Paintings. This particular piece is a wonderful scene of iconic Columbus Circle in Manhattan depicting the snow storm in a most intimate, yet energetic way. Crimmins is known for capturing on sight scenes of Manhattan and Long Island, engaging his audience with a quick use of brushwork and a great attention to picking up the energy passionately of his subject. In this piece we find figures coming and going, with a charming yellow taxi, American Flags blowing in the wind, and of course the grandeur of the buildings in the city. This piece comes displayed in a unique wood frame, ready to hang with wire on verso.