I’m Stefan Bleekrode, 36 years old, from Holland and I’d like to show you my art. In pen and ink I draw (often from memory) cities big and small all over Europe and North America. Ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by cities and architecture. Not only are these drawings celebrations of the beauty and architecture of the cities depicted, they’re also a study on urban designs in different countries. Through the use of perspective and light and shadow I’m hoping to offer viewers a different take on the urban scene.
Because they’re entirely hand drawn, it takes a long time to complete each piece. A small drawing (20x30cm) takes a few weeks to finish. A large drawing (70x115cm) can take over a year to complete. A quick pencil sketch forms the basis and preliminary study for the composition, perspective and architecture of the finished drawing. Each piece is drawn in pen and ink. For shading I make use of watercolour. My work is currently on display in galleries both in the US and Holland. @stefanbleekrode
“Brooklyn and Manhattan in the Distance” (detail)
‘Brooklyn and Manhattan in the Distance’ (full size drawing) A view of an imaginary avenue in Brooklyn with an ‘El’ train looking up to Manhattan. 30x40cm, 2021.
‘Rue de Rennes, Paris’ (detail)
‘Park on Sunday’ An imaginary view of a park with an arch on a sunny afternoon. The scenery is strongly based on Washington Square in NYC. 18x26cm, 2022.
‘Florence’ A view of Florence in Italy with the Piazza Ss. Annunziata in the foreground and the famous cathedral at the end of the street. 26x17cm, 2022.
‘East River and Downtown Manhattan’ A realistic view of the great spans over the East River with Downtown Manhattan in the back. 31x60cm, 2019.
‘NYC Rush hour’ (2nd image is a detail) A busy Manhattan avenue set the light of the setting sun. 42x35cm, 2018.
‘Santa Agata, a village in the Italian Alps’ A hamlet high above Lago Maggiore in Italy after dark.12x20cm, 2019.
‘London from Primrose Hill’ A realistic view of London seen from Primrose Hill in North London. 20x55cm, 2021.