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"Plein air painting doesn't get any surer or fresher than this." -- --Doug MacCash, The New Orleans Times-Picayune

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"Phil Sandusky's pre-Katrina paintings expertly captured the intimate and complex beauty of New Orleans' neighborhoods and architecture. In his post-Katrina panoramic compositions he has documented the terrible destruction and despair of a city laid low by an unprecedented natural disaster. These works comprise a unique record of the storm's aftermath, yet his rich painterly style and glowing colors give promise of recovery and rebirth."

--E. John Bullard, director, New Orleans Museum of Art "His painterly plein-air paintings are silent moments and immediate images of despair, of what has been lost, and uncertainty. In a sense, they are historical moments burned into the city's history. Seeing these heart-wrenching images stacked side by side in his cramped Uptown studio, viewers with heightened imaginations can almost hear somber strains of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" drifting through the room." --John Kemp, Louisiana Cultural Vistas

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589804775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589804777
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,593,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Sandusky is a renowned plein air landscape painter whose background in physics and engineering has led him to become a liaison between vision science and the representational painting community. He began academic art intruction at age nine continuing through graduation from college. Concurrent with his studies of traditional art outside of a university system which during the 1970s strongly empasized modern art, Sandusky's aptitude in math/science led him to earn a BA in physics from Jacksonville University. He was employed as an engineer in the oil industry in 1980 and received many promotions and had a dual career as an artist but left engineering in 1991 to pursue art full time. The absence of science in Sandusky's life after leaving engineering spawned his interest in visual psychophysics, an inportant underpinning of visual art often overlooked by artists who typically have little scientific interest. Sandusky's articles in American Artist magazine and the text of his art books bridge vision science to artists and laymen, explaining in simple terms the counterintuitive, fascinating true nature of our vision and how it relates to art.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Now that we have just seen the second anniversary of one of America's worst natural disasters, "Painting Katrina", featuring the art of Phil Sandusky, is a fitting memorial and tribute to all those whose lives were forever impacted by the force of the hurricane. Sandusky's paintings fully capture in panoramic compositions the devastation of New Orleans and the overwhelming power of hurricane Katrina. Showcasing seventy-six Sandusky paintings (thirty created a year before Katrina, depicting New Orleans in better times; thirty in the immediate aftermath of the story; and the last sixteen painted approximately one year after Katrina), reveal what has been lost, and a city's slow, painstaking attempts to rebuilt. Highly recommended as much for the quality of the art and it's subject matter, "Painting Katrina" is an impressively compelling and highly recommended visual journal chronicling an artist's experience exploring and capturing the hurricane's devastation on a beloved American city.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 27, 2008
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When I first glanced at the cover and title of this book, I flinched, thinking it seemed somehow exploitive. It's not. It is a truthful record, and a tremendous addition to the history of what happened. The "en plein air" watercolor technique is perfectly suited for capturing both the atmosphere and the built environment of Louisiana. As the author explains, it is not as best suited for long-distance views, but for views on the scale of a city block, it works very well. These paintings LOOK like New Orleans in a way that photographs often don't. They LOOK exactly like the wreckage looked to my eye when I came home from the evacuation. They are a solid documentary testimony and should be part of the historical record. The book also includes paintings from before the flood. This is a very worthwhile book.
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By carlye on October 10, 2012
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I discovered Phil Sandusky on a Plein Air search and I had never heard of him before. After seeing a few images of his work and seeing that he has published books I quickly ordered three of them from Amazon. This book is fa-bu-lous! The images Phil made of the city after Katrina are sensitive and beautiful. This is a paradox when an artist is able to transform something so horrible in nature to something artistically magnificent. Anyone who searches for this type of art book will not be disappointed. I have all 4 of his books now and they are all brilliant.
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By Kathleen Cotugno on September 18, 2013
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The book features paintings by Phil Sandusky, known for his en plein air (outdoor) technique.
The landscapes are before & after Hurricane Katrina. The paintings are quite detailed in a subtle
way & he's managed to keep the horrible destruction respectful to the residents of New Orleans
who endured this tragedy.
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