paintings > street lights
Teale Hatheway is known for her intimate paintings of old street lights scattered across our cities. This ghostly, red and black lantern is from her first series of urban light paintings on paper. It depicts the cantilevered globe lights, which had been removed from the Main Street Bridge, over the Los Angeles River. Teale was in the midst of studying the LA River Bridges for a series of more complex architectural paintings, when she became enamored with the beautiful, jewel-like quality of these small, urban details.
The shape of this particular light was interesting to the artist because she hadn't seen another cantilever street light anywhere else in the city.
The artist hand cut stencils, over which she atomized india ink on cold pressed watercolor paper. The fanciful colors were added with watercolor and the shimmery lights were emphasized with gold leaf.
Much to her delight, the Bureau of Street Lighting re-created and installed these lights a few years after the completion of this watercolor painting.