East 10th Street, East Village © 2012 – 2015 Remko Heemskerk
It’s pretty common to find photographs or paintings of iconic New York City landscapes and streetscapes, but there’s usually not much of a reason behind the artist’s choice other than that everyone knows these sites or they’ll likely sell well. Netherlands-born artist Remko Heemskerk, however, created this print series from the inspiration of his personal experiences living in the city. Each site has a special meaning to him, whether it be the view from his apartment window or the spot where he and his wife kissed goodbye every morning.
The visual element that sets Heemskerk’s work apart is its bright, graphic composition. Rather than using realistic colors or traditional black-and-white, he chose a style that he feels reflects the vibrancy of New York City and its residents.