DavidHinchenGallery

Architectural Landscapes

Albany, New York · 243 Sales

DavidHinchenGallery

Architectural Landscapes

Albany, New York 243 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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(65)

Announcement   Welcome to my gallery of architectural art. I'm a full-time artist who specializes in painting and photographing historic buildings and cityscapes. Much of my work features architectural detail, stained glass windows, statues, signs and subway mosaics. Besides my own artwork, the shop features an extensive gallery of prints by Gail Hinchen (my mom), Helen von Borstel (my grandmother) and Elden Rowland (our teacher).

Creating custom drawings and paintings of houses has been my main profession for the last 25 years. Please visit davidhinchen.com to see an extensive gallery of my ink and acrylic house portraits. I'd be glad to discuss the possibility of creating a custom commission of your home, business or historic building in your community.

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Last updated on Apr 8, 2016

Welcome to my gallery of architectural art. I'm a full-time artist who specializes in painting and photographing historic buildings and cityscapes. Much of my work features architectural detail, stained glass windows, statues, signs and subway mosaics. Besides my own artwork, the shop features an extensive gallery of prints by Gail Hinchen (my mom), Helen von Borstel (my grandmother) and Elden Rowland (our teacher).

Creating custom drawings and paintings of houses has been my main profession for the last 25 years. Please visit davidhinchen.com to see an extensive gallery of my ink and acrylic house portraits. I'd be glad to discuss the possibility of creating a custom commission of your home, business or historic building in your community.

David Hinchen

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About

I'm an architectural artist who explores the mood and sense of place that old buildings create within our lives.

My drawings and paintings celebrate the visually absorbing shapes, colors, textures and eccentric details of the urban landscape. For me, buildings are the significant carriers of cultural memory. Surviving the builders and residents, they are reminders of remoter lives and times. Over the years, a city takes on an almost geological aspect, with successive generations leaving behind a layering of architectural styles. The enduring physical makeup of a city directly influences its culture as well as its ability to survive as a place people care about.

My landscapes are always without people. The buildings are the complete statement. Within their lines and the mood they evoke, the people who built them and lived in them are revealed more clearly than if they had posed for a portrait. Here lies the emotional resonance which inspires me to paint old houses. There is a hard, beautiful dignity in weathering all those years - pure to themselves and uncompromising. Many people have observed that the houses in my paintings seem strangely animated, as if they had personalities of their own. The windows, shutters and doors read almost like facial features, elements of individuality that make their presence felt.

Born in Schenectady, New York in 1961, I grew up and attended high school in Manchester, Connecticut. My mother, Gail Hinchen, is a mixed-media collage artist who has always operated her own gallery. From an early age, art was an integral part of my earliest influences and memories as I was surrounded by a diverse group of artists for classes and art openings in our home. Starting to draw in earnest, I watched and learned techniques from artists Elden Rowland and Helen von Borstel (my grandmother) during summers in Truro, Cape Cod. Having studied with Robert Brackman, Jerry Farnsworth and Wallace Bassford, Rowland and von Borstel exhibited their work extensively in Albany's Capital Region, Cape Cod, Sarasota Fla. and the Art in Embassies Program throughout Europe and Asia. Early on, I was inspired by the lonely landscapes of Edward Hopper and brilliant color staging of Maxfield Parrish. Essentially a self-taught artist, my interests in aesthetics, urban design, architecture and history have always influenced my work. I received a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and an M.A. in political philosophy from Columbia University in New York City.

For many years, I worked solely in pen and black ink. Slowly, I introduced color and have since developed a completely original technique which is characterized by precise ink images with acrylic tones painted over each other, resembling thin semi-opaque or transparent layers. When dry, it produces a smooth matte finish. Other artists and collectors have compared my medium to egg tempera which employs the application of numerous small brush strokes and produces a brilliant, luminous finish. Prominent egg tempera artists include nearly every painter of the Italian Renaissance and Twentieth-Century revival artists such as Thomas Hart Benton and Andrew Wyeth.

I'm a full-time artist who has spent the last twenty five years creating original commissions for individual clients. The majority of my drawings and paintings have are of of historic homes and landmark buildings in Metro New York, Greater Boston and New England. Word of mouth and referrals from past customers are my primary sources of new work.

Always inspired by American architecture styles and urban neighborhoods, I've lived in a series of old houses in Newark, New Jersey, Salem, Massachusetts and Albany, New York. My work has been featured in regional exhibitions at: Albany Institute of History and Art, New York State Museum, Provincetown Art Association, Stockade Inn of Schenectady, University Club of Albany, New York State Capital and Historic Albany Foundation's Built Shows 2000-2015 (Best in Show Award, 2010). I'm also represented in numerous corporate and private art collections. My home and studio (a 1901 Colonial Revival) is located in Albany, New York.

Production partners

  • Fine Art America

    Chicago, IL

    Fine Art America is one of the largest, most-respected giclee printing companies in the world with over 40 years of experience producing museum-quality canvas prints. Each print is produced on state-of-the-art, professional-grade Epson printers.

  • McGreevy Pro Lab

    Albany, NY

    McGreevy Labs produces the finest quality ink jet color prints on heavy weight archival paper.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 6, 2011
Thank you for your interest in my work. All images are available in larger sizes, please contact me with any special requests or question. I also accept commissions for any architectural or landscape subject you wish to have portrayed in a painting.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
If you are unsatisfied, I will refund or exchange your purchase if it is returned to me within two weeks.
Payment
I accept PayPal (major credit cards), personal check or money order.
Shipping
I ship USPS Priority Mail or UPS, whichever is most appropriate for the package at hand: within two days of cleared payment for prints and note cards, within four weeks for custom house portraits. I ship to the address listed on your Esty account unless otherwise noted.
Additional policies and FAQs
Note that actual color may vary slightly from what you see here due to differences in monitor settings, etc.

I aim for 100% satisfaction and appreciate your feedback.

Please contact me with any questions about available original paintings of the images displayed.

All copyright belongs to myself, David Hinchen, even after sale unless otherwise agreed. Please do not reproduce my artwork without permission. Thank you.