I’ve been looking back a bit, lately, thinking about the different reasons artists make art about the places around them.
Firstly, Jacob Lawrence, The Decommissioning of Sea Cloud, 1944, watercolor on paper
From The Coast Guard website “In 1944 Lawrence’s own life imitated his art when he made history as part of the first racially integrated afloat unit in the U.S. military. That year he joined the USS SEA CLOUD, a yacht converted into a weather patrol ship for the Coast Guard, which was then operating under the control of the Navy. Afterward, Lawrence remembered this landmark experiment in racial equality as "the best democracy I have ever known.” Moreover, he rendered it for posterity, recording one more major event in African-American history.“
Secondly, Charles Sheeler, Golden Gate, 1955, oil on canvas
He’s mostly known for his paintings of imposing, architectural imagery but he was also a photographer and he photographed his house a lot, especially in the early years. Guessing this came out of that.
Americana, 1931, oil on canvas
Charles Sheeler worked as a photographer at the Met, photographing all kinds of stuff from their collection, ancient to the then contemporary. He said, "All the arts we revere come out of the main trunk. An underlying current goes through all the way to Renaissance, Egyptian, Chinese, back to cave painting.”