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Cobb Hall Latest UChicago Painting In My Chicago On Canvas Series

by Leon Sarantos in New Paintings



Cobb Hall  

Painting Details

I’m an architect, as well as an artist, and I like to paint the Gothic architecture on the UChicago quads. Cobb Hall is on display at CornerStone Gallery until September 5.  Cobb Hall at the University of Chicago was designed by architect Henry Ives Cobb, and is the oldest building on campus.  Cobb modeled his designs after the Gothic style of architecture at Oxford in England.

Chicago on Canvas:  Cityscape Paintings of the University of Chicago

This series of paintings focuses on the Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago campus, including Botany Pond, Bond Chapel, Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, the C-Shop and my most latest painting, Cobb Hall.  Recently, my Botany Pond painting won first prize at the South Side Impressions Exhibit, at the Beverly Art Center.

My paintings are inspired by the enduring beauty of the Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle. I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and my paintings reflect my experiences: walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup of coffee at the C-Shop on a winter’s day.  The solid, gray stone buildings surrounding the Main Quadrangle symbolize the stable framework and traditions of the university.  In contrast, the students are portrayed in bright red, yellow and blue, suggesting the life and vibrant diversity of the ever-changing student population.  The modernity, which the students represent, is illustrated with their multiple electronic devices.  In juxtaposition, these images contain the tension of stability and change.

Cobb Hall On Exhibit At The Hyde Park Connection At CornerStone Art Gallery


The Hyde Park Connection At CornerStone Art Gallery

This unique exhibition features the Studio 4 artists at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana for a two-month show this summer.  Studio 4 is a group of artists associated with the esteemed Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.  The exhibit is on view until September 5, 2014.

About CornerStone

CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The gallery is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minute drive from Chicago.  Enter the gallery via the New York Avenue entrance on the west side of the building.  Gallery hours are: 9 to 5 weekdays and 9 to noon Saturday. The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists.  The website is at 119th Street Artists


For more information Contact  Leon Sarantos, email   Phone:  773 288 1944.


More of my cityscape paintings are on my website at  

Cityscapes by Leon Sarantos 

My cityscapes are also featured on my Artfinder website at  

My Artfinder Cityscapes 

More information about our “Hyde Park Connection” exhibit is at