NYC may be in the grips of a seemingly never ending recession, but it also in the midst of a fantastic and ultra inspiring revitalized art scene that is less 80's East Village cool and more 2011 Brooklyn bombastic. One of the most stylish fellows I've encountered in ages, artist Barnaby Whitfield is arguably also one of the most talented painters currently working. His intoxicating images mix the lush and the louche with exhillerating effect, casting his subjects into an almost surreal yet at the same time brutally haunting world of visual wonder – WC

Barnaby Whitfield wears a Scooter LaForge tee in front of two of his recent paintings photographed by Walt Cessna Bklyn 10