London-based artist Simon Quadrat primarily paints urban landscapes whose exaggerated perspective and foreboding desolation are in some ways reminiscent of the Metaphysical surrealism pioneered by Giorgio de Chirico.
Abandoned Hart Island: New York City’s Mass Burial Ground: crazy photos of a crazy place.
Johhny Rotten’s Tour of London: exactly what it sounds like.
Nineteenth Century Covington Mansion Demolished: because Walgreens plans to build a store a block away from its current one.
Windy City Hoops: the city of Chicago has turned to crowdfunding to expand its teen basketball program.
360 Panorama of London: just that.
Plenty of artists use books in their work or create maps as their practice. London-born, Oregon-based Matthew Picton has found a way to do both by using books and other textual materials that reference a city in a moment in time. Above, London 1666 is constructed out of book covers for The Plague Years by Daniel Defoe.
Born in Kent, Mike Bernard is now based in Devon, UK, where he creates landscapes that incorporate acrylic paint and mixed media collage elements. The resulting works focus primarily on landscapes of European cities and coastal villages, with “happy accidents” during the creative process providing surprising details and color combinations.
With the London Olympics starting tomorrow, let’s take a look at that fair city. Lucinda Rogers is an illustrator who’s been documenting the East End of London for a number of years. She creates each drawing on site in a single session, often working on tinted paper and using color sparingly, focusing instead on bold strokes that capture the dynamic energy of an area in transition.