Paul Balmer is one of the gallery’s most cosmopolitan artists, as can be seen in his affection for cities as a subject. Balmer is similarly cosmopolitan in his biography, having lived, studied, painted, and taught across the world, between his native South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, Paris, Boston, and New York. “There’s a stability and tranquility that comes out of the Australian experience,” Balmer has said
. “Combining that with the New York context creates something brand new.” In Dark Night
(2015), he depicts a cityscape after nightfall, its buildings and river mingling to create an atmosphere alive with possibility and emotion, the sort of feelings that New York has long evoked. The skyscrapers, with their articulated lines and weighty forms, appear like characters—each with their own psychological layers and relationships to one another.