New York City
As his career in printing and publishing wound down (the internet!), Gary Conger began a new career by attending classes at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He studied the methods of “old master” painters and completed in class a New York cityscape in a style that some compared to Edward Hopper. Encouraged, he threw himself into painting New York cityscapes and especially the rooftop water towers. His first show of paintings in 2008 was called “Vanishing New York”. The paintings contrasted the “old” wood water tanks with the new glass buildings rising up all around and towering over them. Conger’s recent work depicts the water tanks escaping the rooftops, rising up and floating away. Who can blame them?