Exhibitions General Announcement

Uptown Treasures: Past & Present

I am excited to inform you that one of my paintings will be included in this exhibition.

NoMAA Gallery – 4140 Broadway & 176th St

 June 11, 2024 – September 5, 2024

Gallery hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 1-5pm (excluding holidays)

For more information, visit:

OPENING – Uptown Treasures: Past and Present

Figurative Paintings

Christina and Roses

Oil on Canvas, 30 inches x 20 inches

This world would have been a boring place if nobody bother to create music, paint beautiful things, or dance to songs.

The following color study was completed about 10 days ago, in preparation for the final painting above.

Here is the same portrait after about 2 days, roughly 6 hours, of painting from a live model. This is one of My favorite stage of any portrait sitting—everything is super loose, I am not committed to anything, but just seeing and painting.

And, then follows a slower—but lovely—stage of looking and painting until the portrait is completed, or the time with the model ends.

Figurative Paintings

Candy Seller and Her Daughter

This is a painting of a candy seller and her daughter, but their faces are a collection of many portraits.

Sometime ago, there were only a few migrants with young children wrapped around on their backs, selling candy from one New York City subway station to another. Then, the migrants arrived in thousands. Just in 2023, more than 100,000 migrants have arrived in New York City, and more to other cities. Unable to find legitimate work, migrants are struggling. 

Why did they leave everything behind and crossed the southern border? Faced with undeniable danger or the fantasies of utopia hidden beneath the complicated U.S. policies and politics, migrants have risked everything and traveled the dangerous path to cross the U.S. southern border. 

Today, securing the U.S. border is prioritized among other world crises. Many Americans don’t agree on securing the border. Some welcome the migrants, some don’t. Caught between these two ideas are real people who have become political pawns as the 2024 presidential election looms.

Related Reading, Links and Resources

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Statistics

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

Figurative Paintings

Painting on Large Surface

I have been painting bigger than ever this year. It’s one thing to painting something small and let it be cute and all, but I think when painting portraits, a painting brings a whole new feeling when it is life size.

Figurative Paintings

Why Am I Painting?

Some years ago when I set out to begin painting, I really didn’t know for how long I could paint. And, I still don’t know.

People ask me about my plans as an artist. I usually say that my plan is the same as yesterday: paint one more painting.

And, as I keep on painting, I have found ways, encouragements, and reasons to keep on painting.

Hand Study
Figurative Paintings

Portrait of Steve

I got around to finish 3 paintings today:

Portrait of Paul, which I had been working for the past 3 weeks. A painting for a competition that I had been working on for some time. And this portrait of Steve, which I worked on it after completing Paul’s Portrait.

I had initially painted the entire painting with raw umber, and I thought about stopping there, but with two 20 minute sessions remaining, I decided to put colors. The images shown were taken after each 20 minute sessions.

March 27, 2024
Figurative Paintings

How to Start Painting

There are many ways to begin painting with oil, but I like to simply begin painting, drawing with oil, rather than spending whole lot of time using charcoal or pencil.

I might make a composition sketch and/or color study, but when I am ready, I simply begin to paint and adjust as I go.

More than ever, I have grown to enjoy painting fast, but for the mostly, I spend about 2 to 3 weeks on a painting. It’s fair to say that I enjoy painting slow, too.

In progress, after 12 hours of painting.

Two weeks later

January 19, 2024

Three weeks later

After intense 2 weeks of painting, I focused on fine-tuning the painting. Although the photo doesn’t capture all the changes, this portrait has gone through multiple surgeries this week… can you spot all the changes from the previous week?

January 26, 2024
Figurative Paintings

On Seeing and mixing Colors

After years of painting, I conclude that it takes really long time to see.

Moreover, it takes even more time to mix that color.

This is why I usually paint a small color study—from a live model—before embarking on a bigger painting.

This is a small color study

And, what we often fail to understand about painting is its chemistry.

Paint is made of all different parts of earth: soil, minerals, precious metals, oil, etc.

To paint seriously means one also needs to have a thorough understanding of chemistry of colors, painting surfaces, and time.


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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