For more than two centuries, New York has served as a magnet for artists. artists come from all over the world to try to leave their mark here.

Such was the case with a young man from New Orleans named Logan Sylve, but what makes his current exhibition at The Chase Contemporary in SoHo so interesting is that visitors can observe his work after viewing his paintings. And it’s a free ride.

His paintings demand your full attention and force you to face them head on. There is nothing restrained about Logan Silva’s work.

“I was about three years old when I started,” the artist explained to me, “and my parents supported me, so I never stopped.”

In elementary school, his teachers complained that Logan wasn’t paying attention because he was too busy drawing.

“Drawn on desks. I drew on books and sometimes it caused problems,” said Silves.

He was inspired by comics from a young age and turned to street art before turning to larger canvases and finding a home for his work at Chase Contemporary.

“The gallery really likes to have the artist present so we can explain the pieces to people if needed,” said Silvé.

The gallery owners have taken it to the next level by allowing the artists they exhibit upstairs to work downstairs in the basement during their shows.

“It’s warm to have access to this artist,” said one of the partners, Isabelle Sullivan, “and you don’t have to be a buyer or be rich to meet him.”

Anyone can come to meet them free of charge.

In closing, I asked Logan what he got out of it all as an artist.

“I meet really fascinating people. I think that was the biggest plus. “Spending time here, I meet people I would never have connected with,” said Silvé.

This is what realtors call added value.

“It’s like the curtain has been pulled back,” Isabelle says. “It’s something natural and human.”

To learn more about seeing Silva’s art and the artist at work, visit Chase Contemporary website.

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