Wall Street, 2013
Giclee print on Canson Aquarelle Rag paper, 310gsm
84.1 x 118.9cm
Edition of 5
Courtesy of the artist
Gerry Buxton struggled to depict street-level Lower Manhattan and the rooftops of Deutsche Bank and the American International Building in the one frame: “I’m right down in the gutter, kneeling, my shoulder on the road,” while his wife directed the traffic around him. Buxton - photographer, illustrator and printmaker – knew instantly this image was perfect: the lone suited man, captured in a busy city momentarily made still.
Buxton produced five works of New York City before following them up with cityscapes of Berlin and Tokyo. He removes the extraneous details - signage, rubbish – whilst resisting bringing in other elements, wanting to portray accurate but idealised portraits of the neighbourhoods he visits.
If you’d rather wear his work than have it on your wall, Buxton has a successful apparel company, Plane Clothing, which produces T-shirts with simpler and bolder imagery - but retaining his iconic style.
Hedge, issue 36, August 2015, pp60-68