Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #576
Our dear Gramercy Park Neighbor Artist Domingo Zapata
Paint the townhouse red
Bad-boy artist Domingo Zapata creates edgy work in a traditional Gramercy Park setting
By Zachary Kussin
A shot of Zapata's studio (credit: STUDIO SCRIVO)
Close your eyes and envision the general scene in the hit TV series "Downton Abbey." There's a palatial estate that houses stunning works of art. There's a butler and a kitchen full of treats. Outside, there's green space. Now imagine how this would translate to 21st-century New York City with a hip resident, and the result is the Gramercy Park home of artist Domingo Zapata.
Domingo Zapata (credit: STUDIO SCRIVO)
Here, a friendly butler - who this day is dressed in a pink Polo shirt, indigo jeans and black dress shoes - leads a visitor through this triplex portion of a 19th-century townhouse, whose cream-toned interior boasts standing Medieval suits of armor and patterned Louis XIV wall paneling, as well as Zapata's own large-scale and brightly colored paintings. Instead of tea, the butler offers milkshakes from Shake Shack, of which there were two shelves full in the refrigerator from a charity auction held here the night before. The juxtapositions of old and new, formal and fun, bright and subdued are not only on display throughout the 8,600-square-foot triplex, but also embody the artist himself.