Book Review: Buildings of London by Roger Fitzgerald

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The bold use of texture and splatter on the cover of this book really caught my attention. The artist is Roger Fitzgerald, an architect from London with more than 30 years of experience.

This 72-page square format paperback features Fitzgerald's favourite places and architecture in London. The accompanying text talks about those places from his point of view, and he also shares some thoughts about his art.

The artworks in this book are drawn in a style nowhere near those of typical architects.Each painting in the book has a very textural look. The splatters are most definitely from paint. However, in some paintings, I can see evidence of crayon being used. Collage using newspaper or magazine cutout is also one of the techniques employed to create those textures. There could be some ink involved as well, for drawing the lines. It is uncommon to see these four types of media working together in a painting.

I love the textures created by the combination of media. The style is bold and there's a lot of life in the paintings, even if the architecture is made of lifeless bricks. It has pleasantly surprised me with a style that I don't think I've seen before. The choice of colours, composition and the manner of simplification are all done so tastefully.

This book is wonderful. Highly recommended to those who love architecture, urban art and mixed media art.

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This review copy is provided by book seller and distributor APD Singapore (website | facebook). You can get the book from them and major bookstores in Southeast Asia.

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