Norman Sunshine: The Conversation Pieces

For two years, from 1995 to 1997, painter Norman Sunshine focused his energies on the production of a series of group portraits. These large scale paintings took as their subjects Sunshine’s friends and neighbors in Litchfield County, Connecticut, where some of New York City’s luminaries keep country homes.

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As a social diary, these paintings document the lifestyles and relationships of the social elite including well-known figures in the literary, art and music worlds such as Paige Rense Noland, Peter Duchin and Brooke Haywood.With these candid tableaux, Sunshine provides an intimate look at a privileged class and chronicles the complexity of interpersonal relationships.

Image: Norman Sunshine, Literary Lunch, 1995, Courtesy of the Artist