Exhibitions Figurative Paintings General Announcement Portrait Paintings

You are invited: Student Salon 2024

Sharon Sprung 2024 Student
Salon opens on Monday, April 15th!

It’s that time of the year where all the students of Sharon Sprung get to showcase a few of their paintings from this school year.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Sunday: Closed

215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019


2023 Annual Art Sale

Dec 7 – Dec 23, 2023


The Art Students League of New York

Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery

215 W 57th Street, New York

Title: Composition One – 30 inches x 30 inches – El Capitan

The League’s Annual Art Sale is a rare opportunity to bring home the work by current League students at affordable prices.

Composition One – El Capitan

For the past several years, I have participated in showing—and selling—my paintings at the Art Students League. Throughout the year, I dedicate my best waking hours painting live models, but I get out of my way to paint at least one Plein Air Painting for the League’s Holiday show. All of my Plein Air Painting at the Holiday show have sold and found their home.

This summer, I visited a few national parks, including Yosemite National Park. I arrived there in the evening, so there wasn’t that I could see, but driving into it in the darkness, there it was, El Capitan, dressed in black and holding the night sky. During the day, I hiked up to it for a close examination of the rock formation. Then I looked up, standing in front of the giant granite wall that dominates the west end of Yosemite Valley—this is what I saw, a beautiful rock that is full of light and shades from the heavens.

December 6, 2023


December 7, 2023 — The following painting is now showing. Thank you and congratulations to the collector of ‘Composition One’.

December 7, 2023

There are many ways to paint, but one of the best way, in my mind, is to paint as fast as one can from life. Another great way, is to paint slow. It takes time to be comfortable with all the movements and all, but it’s a beautiful way to see the world in a whole new way.

Bird-of-Paradise – 18 inches x 14 inches

This painting was completed in 2 sittings, and I love vibrant colors on this. I have wanted to show this painting in a show one day, and it’s on view for first time.

Maria Del Mar

Maria Del Mar – 11 inches x 14 inches

December 8, 2023 — Thank you and congratulations to the collector of ‘Bird-of-Paradise’.

Happy to inform you that this portrait was created from 100% reality, and wasn’t created by some computer program. Obviously, there is only one ‘Real’ and original and tangible copy. Painting from life is not for everyone, but only for those that can stomach the reality.

December 8, 2023

La Rosa de Maria #5

December 20, 2023 — Thank you and congratulations to the collector of ‘Maria Del Mar’.

December 20, 2023

Cornrows in Harlem

December 21, 2023 — One of my favorite paintings is now on view at the League.

Cornrows in Harlem — 20 inches x 16 inches
December 21, 2023

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM

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A photo of a gentleman taking a photo of my 2022 Holiday Painting, A scene from the Adirondack Mountains
Je, painting from life, October 2023
Exhibitions Portrait Paintings

You are invited: Student Salons 2023

A few of my paintings will be exhibited from 13 February 2023 through 18 February 2023 at the Art Students League of New York.

This exhibition includes paintings by students of Sharon Sprung.

This time around, one of the paintings for the show was chosen based on a poll on Instagram 🙂

And, here is a collection of my recent paintings that were considered for this exhibition.

The Art Students League of New York
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd Floor
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

February 13 — February 18, 2023

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

Blue Dot Award

The color study painting shown below–the middle one–was awarded a Blue Dot Award.

Exhibitions General Announcement

2022 Annual Students Art Sale

This is probably the coolest art sale happening on the Billionaires’ Row, located in Manhattan. Come and support Emerging Artists for a chance to invest in art works that may go up in value—exponentially! Just in case you didn’t know, the league has a good reputation for educating so many established artists: Ai_Weiwei, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and the list goes on…

Each year, I try to sell at least 1 painting at the annual student exhibition and sale. All the paintings sold at the league will support participating artists and the league.

The Art Students League of New York
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd Floor
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

December 9 — December 23, 2022 

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

Exhibited Works by Je

9 x 12 inches, oil — Lady with Elephant Earrings
9 x 12 inches — A scene from the Adirondack Mountains

Student Salons 2022

On view — Our Studio Exhibition will be available for viewing at the Art Students League of New York from April 25 through April 30, 2022.

2 portrait paintings of mine and 4 little composition and color studies from 2021-2022 will be showcased there along the works by many talented artists.

The Art Students League of New York
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2nd Floor
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

April 25—30, 2022

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 am–9 pm
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

Related Instagram Reel


Little Red Lighthouse

At the near tip of Manhattan, under the George Washington Bridge, stands a famous lighthouse. It’s the Little Red Lighthouse, also known as Jeffrey’s Hook Light. It has stood there over 100 years. 

Little Red Lighthouse, Oil on Linen, 15 inches x 7 inches
Little Red Lighthouse, Oil on Linen, 15 inches x 7 inches.

I was pleasantly surprised when I accidentally discovered it over 10 years ago, hiding under the George Washington Bridge. In the years that followed, the lighthouse would become one of my favorite structures to draw and paint. Mind you, as a figurative painter, I am usually painting people, but this lighthouse has been one of the exceptions. This painting of the Little Red Lighthouse was painted from life on a beautiful sunny day

While painting it, many visitors wished to have a copy of it, so I dedicated time to research the best possible way to reproduce the painting. Both limited edition and open edition prints are produced from New York City. When you purchase these edition prints, you are also supporting New York Businesses.  

Exhibition History

As the world fight the Covid-19 outbreak, I entered my Little Red Lighthouse Painting to the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance 2020 Arts Stroll Exhibition, as a way to ignite “hope” and a “way forward” as I reflect on myself, my past, my life, my family, current situation, and where I am in the world. You can download the exhibition catalog using the link below.

Northern Manhattan Art Alliance 2020 Uptown Arts Stroll Exhibition
The Little Red Lighthouse Painting was part of the Northern Manhattan Art Alliance 2020 Uptown Arts Stroll Exhibition, curated by Patricia Miranda

Related Links

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge – A children book about the Little Red Lighthouse, written by HILDEGARDE HOYT SWIFT.

Fort Washington Park – NYC Parks describes historical information about The Little Red Lighthouse.

Wikipedia Page about The Little Red Lighthouse – Read more about the lighthouse from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Awards and Recognitions Exhibitions

The Red Dot Winner Exhibition 2020

The Art Students League of New York Presents an Exhibition of Outstanding Student Works

The Art Students League’s Annual Concours Exhibitions from this past school year includes thousands of artworks. The Red Dot Exhibition celebrates the exceptional accomplishments of students in the tradition of the concours–French word meaning “competition” or “contest”–follows a long-standing French atelier tradition.

It’s a great honor to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of past red dot honorees for my work “Daedalus & His Wings” which I painted in early 2020 while studying under Janet A. Cook. This painting is a memorable piece, one of the last paintings that was completed before the Covid-19 Pandemic quarantine & social distancing. I look at the painting now, and I keep thinking to myself that we could all use the wings to get out of the maze we are stuck in now. (New to Greek Mythology? Google “Daedalus”.)

Fun Fact: One of the earliest recipients of the red dot award was Georgia O’Keefe who studied under William Merritt Chase in 1908. You can read more about the league here.

For view and read more about the exhibition please follow the links from the Art Students League below.

Date: August 3 − December 1, 2020 (Update: This exhibition has been extended through 31 December 2020)

(Quick Access: please see thumbnail images, artists information, and price list available from the link above)

Daedalus & His Wings, oil painting by Je, a Figurative Artist base in NYC
Daedalus & His Wings, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 30″, A 2020 Red Dot Winning Figurative Painting from the Art Students League of New York (Model: @FIGMOD13)

Artists in the Exhibition (Including links to my league colleagues who I have connected with via Instagram)

Hikaru Akieda, Walter Altamirano, Miriam Ancis, Gregory Belok, Raissa Berman, Oksana Berzinsh, Anthony Biggs, Laura Bleau, Martine “Tina” Brochard, Val Brochard, Dana-Marie Bullock, Nelsena Burt-Spano, Maria Buyalskaya , Angela Capati-Caruso, Aiko Cascio, Frank Chiodo, Agnes Collins, Bruna D’Alessandro, Yang Dolma, Suzanne Drapeau, Helen Draves, Stephen Durkee, Lilian R.Engel, Douglass Guy, Sam Handler, Yumiko Ichikawa, Arlene Johnston, Megumi Kaizu, Sandra Kamerman, Joanna Karatzas, Patrice Kirkinis, Gus Knowlden, Yumie Kusuda, Johnny Lai, Fejzo Lalaj, Benisse Lester, Christopher Lodin, Margo Magid, Susan Martin, Clementine Martinez, Ava Mcnamee, Roy Mendl, Susan Markowitz Meredith, Antonio Mirabal, Elisabete Monteiro, Edwin Morris, Laurel Nyeboe, Jim Oher, Liz O’Kane, Andrea Packard, Betty Palmer, Dimitri Papathanassiou, Bart Pass, Anna Rabinowitz, Frances Roberts, Audrey Rodriguez, Susan Rosenfeld, Joseph Rossi, D.F. Rothschild, Kostiantyn Rudnichenko, Yasser Sabra, Selva S. Sanjinés, Ellen Singer, Anaïs St. Amant, Dana Sachs, Yuri Tayshete, Nancy Tongue, Gabriela Vargas, Yoko Wakabayashi, Liangzi Wang, Je Wee, Christine Yost, Richie Yuquan, Julie Zeitlin, Yu Zhang, Vladimir Zlotskiy and Yana Zubko.

Yuri Tayshete, Candies on Blue Glass Plate, 2019, Oil on linen, 12″ x 12″

Exhibitions Portrait Paintings

The International Self Portrait Project

The Internal Self Portrait Project from The Portrait Society of America
Title: 4 Million+
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 20″ x 16″
Creation Date: 24 July 2020

About The International Self Portrait Project

The Portrait Society of America‘s International Self Portrait Project is an online-only contest during the current COVID-19 health crisis, challenging artists around the world to paint, draw or sculpt their quarantine self-portrait.

Click here to view my work and many other self-portraits from so many talented artists.

Why 4 Million+?

On 24 July 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 4 Million+ in the U.S. Hearing the news initiated this self portrait, eventually leading me to paint my left hand to symbolize 4 Million, and to name the painting 4 Million+.

In case you are wondering, the figurative painting painted next to my self portrait is from a life portrait class at the Art Students League of New York. This project was interrupted due to COVID-19 back in March 6th. On March 21st, when there were only 8,403 confirmed cases in New York City, I hung this painting near a window where I paint. I spent whole lot of my time painting and producing during this pandemic with the painting near me, so I was compelled to include it in my self-portrait.

I invite you to view my submission from the competition website below: