In 2008 I did a Painting of the Flatiron Building in my sketchbook when we visited New York. The Flatiron Building was originally called the Fuller Building. It was one of the tallest buildings in the world when it was completed in 1902. Today it is dwarfed by the surrounding skyscrapers but its distinctive shape gives it an almost aerodynamic feel. The name “Flatiron” comes from its resemblance to an old clothes iron. I was drawn towards its stunning slender wedge shape when I visited New York. I painted a small sketchbook watercolour at street level of this ground breaking skyscraper.
Back in the studio I painted an A5 watercolour from the sketchbook study and my own photographs. I reproduced it as an A4 limited edition print. As I’m writing this blog post, a customer called in to my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland to collect a framed copy he had ordered of my other print of New York titled New York, Dusk and is delighted with it. On elf the other sales of this print came from a customer who saw the image on my Instagram account alanreedart.
She sent me an email to order one of the prints along with one of my Venice prints. It turned out that she was actually working in the Flatiron Building! It was strange sending a Painting of the Flatiron Building to the Flatiron Building. New York is a city I’d love to return to and paint. I enjoyed wandering around it’s streets and seeing so many familiar landmarks that crop up in movies and documentaries.