Monday, May 7, 2012

Ceil Horowitz and the 100 subway paintings

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Ceil Horowitz is on No. 48 on her journey to 100.

One hundred paintings drawn from a life recording live music in the subways of New York City. The local artist (whose most recent show we previewed here) has been traveling to the Big Apple for a few years now to paint.

Horowitz — who's known locally for painting or drawing at shows of her favorite band, Grass It Up — says she usually executes about 10 paintings per visit to NYC, where she lodges with her son.

She's just started a blog at to document her work and her progress. Day 1's entry, from April 15, begins: "While descending into the NYC Subway for my first day of painting I planned my strategy. First go to 14th, the L, stop at every stop on the L till I find music. If the musician is in mid set try to set up another day to paint."

Each day she sets out to a different location, sometimes late at night if she's heard of a particular "concert." And although she makes much mention of officers in her post, it seems like a rather gutsy endeavor for the petite Horowitz. Interestingly, she says she has yet to encounter another artist doing what she is, at all.

On Monday, Day 18, Horowitz called us after a morning in the subway where she met a musician named Max:

Visually the train goes right into Max’s chest. His white lined guitar case looks like a protective shelter for his tips and sweater. Tips remain low. My painting moves forward. Max plays only originals, no covers. With head out the subway train window a conductor yells to Max, “That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall, keep practicing!”

Here's the painting featuring Max, still in progress:

Max on guitar, Ceil Horowitz
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