One of my Christmas presents was a print of Richard Estes's "Telephone Booths" which was on display at the Met in 1987.
His photorealisitc oil paintings are really magnificent. I love the lighting and unique angles he has in his work.
Many are based on color photographs he took. He has painted the city for decades.
Williamsburg Bridge, 1987
5th Avenue Bus sketch, 1995
Kentucky Fried Chicken, 2007
The L Train, 2009
"[the process of art is] calculated, sustained, and slow ... by which you develop something.... It's not done with one's emotions; it's done with the head."
You can view his work here.