ISBN: PB: 9781908967961
37 colour illus.
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Buildings of New York
"Buildings of New York" is the second monograph by artist and architect Roger FitzGerald, which follows on from Buildings of London, 2016. Turning his attention to the landscape of New York, FitzGerald brings his unique painting style to the continually evolving cityscape. Included within the book are entirely unique portrayals of some of the city's most iconic architectural landmarks. Individual structures, such as Grand Central Station, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the many bridges, all sit alongside gentle and considered paintings of brownstone townhouses, views of the surrounding boroughs, as well as dramatic views of Central Park. Each image is accompanied by short, personal comments by the artist and this is what makes this book an inspiring guide to New York, as well as an ideally priced gift buy. FitzGerald's painting style combines colour, texture and collage to capture the essence of places. He frequently portrays buildings as an architectural "stage-set": a permanent, calm and static backdrop to the vibrancy of everyday life. This contrast is exploited, with cool architectural colours being offset by vivid warm tones and elements of collage which represent the life and bustle generated by moving people and vehicles. Tickets, menus, maps, books, newspapers and a host of other paraphernalia are incorporated into the images, adding additional meaning and complexity.
Roger FitzGerald was born in Cambridge , trained in Manchester and moved to London in 1983 to start his career as an architect. He joined ADP from university and now chairs the practice, which is one of the top 20 firms in the UK. Throughout his career as an architect he has enjoyed drawing-whether as a design concept for a new building, or to explore, understand and capture the essence of existing architecture.