Frederick Brosen’s paintings explore the constantly evolving urban landscapes of Paris and New York. Starting with preliminary graphite drawings, he uses watercolors to build transparent layers of color. As he adds layers, the colors deepen, growing increasingly nuanced and luminous. Brosen primarily studies the built environment: the ways in which architecture, monuments, figures, and public spaces interact to create patterns of light and shadow. He is particularly interested in sites of juxtaposition, where skyscrapers, churches, tenements, and water towers coexist.