American Night
2009, oil on canvas, 122 x 163cm

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The French use the term 'la nuit Americaine' for the cinematic practice of shooting 'day for night'. Truffault's film of the same name attests to this.

The source image came from one of the numerous traffic webcams in Colorado that I monitor. The image was darkened so that the shadows appear to be from moonlight. This is accentuated by the addition of a lens-flare effect, suggesting car headlights, or somehow the idea of the light of the sun leaching through a transparent landscape after it has sunk below the horizon. It's painted in transparent glazes in four colour separation with a super-imposed canvas texture.