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Mark Horton's 'Rooftops and Sidewalks' closes this Saturday

Mark Horton; <i>Evening in Blue and Black with Red and Orange</i>

Mark Horton; Evening in Blue and Black with Red and Orange

To some, Mark Horton's paintings may look familiar. His cityscapes capture different angles of downtown areas, some of pedestrians and cars at street level, others of aerial views that capture a city's street grid, and some are panoramas of a city's skyline. But many of these scenes are not of actual locations.

"I am often asked which cities my paintings represent," says Horton on Groveland Gallery's website. "Almost all of my paintings start from my imagination, not a particular city, street, or corner." However, a few works actually are representations of Minneapolis, where the artist grew up, went to law school, and eventually took art classes.

[jump] The most impressive aspect of Horton's paintings are the colors. He is not content to use the same palette from piece to piece. Horton also seems to focus on the more exciting, vibrant times of day, when the light hits buildings just so. Take, for instance, his oil painting titled Evening in Blue and Black with Red and Orange. The title is very descriptive of the color scheme, but the image captures perfectly that last moment of the sun glinting off of the tops of buildings -- it is already nighttime on the ground in the city, where the colors are dark blue punctuated only by the light of city traffic. The tops of the buildings, however, still reflect the setting sun, which is a brilliant and unbelievable orange.

Horton's cityscapes are currently on view at the Groveland Gallery, but not for much longer. His exhibition, "Rooftops and Sidewalks" is closing this Saturday, May 28. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.