Cars & Gas Stations

Val Lewton seemed to sense the demise of architecturally appealing inner city gas stations. Working at Gallery Place in the 70's and 80's, he documented in his paintings the beauty of these buildings, oddly and expeditiously converted to gas stations. He loved the old cars of that period, actually any older car, where the cars had an individual character and identifying hallmarks, serving well as the shapes and colorful images of foreground in his gas station compositions. Too soon, the demolition and construction activities of a city on a slow, unremitting flow toward gentrification caused these wonderful tableaux to disappear.