Trying to visit all the buildings in New York is challenging enough. Drawing them, however, seems downright impossible.
Nonetheless, local artist James Gulliver Hancock has set out to paint, draw, sketch and silkscreen every structure in the city, resulting in lively, detailed works of art as nuanced and quirky as the buildings themselves.
Hancock--an Australian native who makes his home in an old Brooklyn pencil factory--has an obsessive history with the cities he's inhabited (in London he chronicled all the rain, and in L.A. all the cars). But his New York endeavor is by far his most comprehensive. Since starting a year ago, he's drawn several hundred buildings ranging from grand uptown apartments and hip, downtown music venues to hidden street corners and churches you may have never known existed.
Any drawing you see on the website can be reproduced as a signed print ($30 to $90, depending on size), and many are available as originals too. Don't see your favorite building? Don't worry; Hancock will gladly custom-paint it on either wood or paper ($250 to $900) within a few weeks of your order.
Consider it your own little piece of New York architectural history.
All The Buildings In New York will be on display in a solo exhibition May 18 to 22, 119 Ludlow St. (between Rivington and Delancey sts.); allthebuildingsinnewyork.com