Ramsey Rickabaugh, Los Angeles, Wine By Night
Artist name: Ramsey Rickabaugh
Title: Wine By Night
Media: Acrylic on canvas
This work was an ambitious undertaking for me. I have never painted a cityscape before, especially at night. The vibrant colors and the style are somewhat reminiscent of mural work, and the vibrant use of color expresses the diversity of cultures and ethnic backgrounds that collage the city. My central focus is Downtown Los Angeles, with its glamorous skyline pitted amidst a sprawling metropolis, and the heavy traffic that generates a beautiful river of lights in the dusk. I have chosen Downtown because there has been a bit of a cultural renaissance with fine dining, modern architecture, and a reemerging nightlife, reinvigorating the city with a true elegance and vibrancy that has been amiss for the past 20 years, and I believe that Jordan Wine contributes to this rising culture. Amidst this painting is a glass of Jordan wine, invoking the image of the Chateau that is the trademark of Jordan Wine, with the name Jordan gleaming from the Hollywood Hills, in place of the Hollywood sign, symbolizing Jordan Wine as a cultural icon for the elegance of wine culture in Los Angeles.