Bob Birmelin pastel drawing “ The old man and the barking dog”,  perfectly fits the Artforum description of how he saw the City.

“Birmelin’s paintings are brilliant in the way they confront us with a variety of urban spaces and surfaces, including human surfaces. His is a toughminded realism–these are not a tourist’s pictures. They flatter no one, and are full of psychological as well as material detail.”
–Donald Kuspit, Artforum