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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Chinatown Gateway" 16" X 20" fluid acrylic

Chinatown Gateway by April M Rimpo

Chinatown Gateway
Fluid Acrylic
16" X 20"
Mounted on 2" deep wood cradle

Available at Touchstone Gallery
901 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-347-2787

I just love the structure and colors of these gateways that you see when entering Chinatown in cities across the United States. The Chinese term for these are paifang, which refers to a traditional style of a Chinese architectural arch or gateway structure.  You can see this multi-tiered structure in buildings as well as the gates into regions of ancient Chinese cities. 

I am fascinated by this gateway in DC and have taken photographs of it nearly every time I have travelled to this area of the city. It is difficult to get a good angle on the beautiful arch, but I persisted until I had enough images to understand the architecture and create this image.  

I wanted to emphasize not only the great shapes but also the delicious color combination of orange and teal that runs through this structure.  The nearby Calvary Baptist Church with its dark burnt orange exterior allowed me to provide a beautiful dark foil, which I chose to push toward a dark purple/orange tone. I chose a double complementary color scheme: orange/teal with yellow/purple to create this dynamic tribute to the beautiful traditional Chinatown gate.

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