Nick Golebiewski was asked by the Hudson Park Library to paint the 13 downtown branches of the New York Public Library in 2020 for the 125th Anniversary of the NYPL. Then the pandemic happened. The pen & ink and watercolor paintings will finally be on view in person to the public—along with paintings of storefronts in those NYPL branch neighborhoods: Chinatown, the Lower East Side, the East Village, and Greenwich Village. Sketchbooks and c-prints from Golebiewski’s 8-year-long daily drawing project, “Nick’s Lunchbox Service,” will be on view as well, including a selection of portraits.
In his artwork, Golebiewski celebrates city life by featuring the vibrant communities of New York City to reveal the architectural history, frenetic streets, independent shops, and cultural institutions that make New York quintessentially unique. His paintings and sketches of streetscapes are historical documents that ask, “What was the city, what was life like, at this moment in time?”
The physical exhibition is on view at Hudson Park Library Gallery: December 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022
Nick Golebiewski is an artist with a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and lives in the West Village; making him a neighbor of the Hudson Park Library is a neighbor. He graduated with a BFA Painting from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 2002 and has been in NYC ever since. His daily drawing series called "Nick's Lunchbox Service" is in its 8th year without missing a day!