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Stefan Bleekrode's Drawings Recreate Cityscapes from Memory

Stefan Bleekrode's Drawings Recreate Cityscapes from Memory
Stefan Bleekrode's Drawings Recreate Cityscapes from Memory, Manhattan, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Manhattan, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode

Over the past few years, Netherlands-based artist Stefan Bleekrode has been creating cityscape drawings from memory of cities across the globe. Basing his work on impressions from trips throughout Europe and North America, Bleekrode utilizes pen and ink with watercolor shading to bring urban landscapes to life.

New York City. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
New York City. Image © Stefan Bleekrode

Each drawing is based on reality, but redesigned to create the artist’s own versions of buildings, with a focus on the expression of the social and historical background, as well as human achievements and preoccupation with beauty and design, Bleekrode told us.

Imaginary town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Imaginary town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Bucharest, Romania. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Bucharest, Romania. Image © Stefan Bleekrode

Over the past six months, some work has also been done in the form of lithographic print, which adds new depth and shading possibilities in addition to making the drawings more accessible, as non-originals are now available.

One of Bleekrode’s drawings takes between three and half weeks, and one year to complete. Currently, he is working on a drawing of a large Southern Italian city, a small drawing of Marrakesh in Morocco, and a large, 80 by 110 centimeter oversight of New York City, viewing Midtown from the Upper West Side. These new drawings are expected to be on display at Bleekrode’s show at the TEFAF art fair in Maastrict, Netherlands next March.

Centro Storico, Italy. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Centro Storico, Italy. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Plaza Mayor, Madrid. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Plaza Mayor, Madrid. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Imaginary metropolis after dusk. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Imaginary metropolis after dusk. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
© Stefan Bleekrode
© Stefan Bleekrode
Washington Square, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
Washington Square, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode
© Stefan Bleekrode
© Stefan Bleekrode

Learn more about Bleekrode’s drawings here.

News via Stefan Bleekrode

Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Stefan Bleekrode's Drawings Recreate Cityscapes from Memory" 26 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/780917/stefan-bleekrodes-drawings-recreate-cityscapes-from-memory/>
Manhattan, New York. Image © Stefan Bleekrode

Stefan Bleekrode的插画作品:从记忆中再现的城市风光