Frank Hanavan
July at the Battery
Oil on canvas, 2011
Framing by the Noble Maritime Collection

For twenty years Frank Hanavan has been painting realistic scenes of New York City. A native of Buffalo who now lives in Jersey City, Hanavan learned all he knows about painting and drawing from his time at the Chautauqua Institution in the 1980s. Attracted to qualities of light and shadow, he looks for subjects that offer vibrant colors, shadows, and reflections among the taxi cabs and fruit and vegetable shops on New York City sidewalks. Lately Hanavan’s long time interest in sailing ships and nautical history has spilled over into his artistic subject matter, and most of his recent work would best be termed “maritime.” In fact his last exhibition, which took place aboard the historic steamship Lilac on the Hudson River, consisted entirely of paintings of ships.