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About the Author

Jorge Colombo, a Portuguese-born illustrator, designer, and photographer, has lived in the USA for more than twenty years, and he has been depicting American urban landscape ever since. His lushly rendered scenes are currently finger painted from life, on location, and using an iPhone, bringing the idea of traditional outdoor easel painting into the 21st century. Regularly released as 20x200.com limited edition prints, his images have appeared several times on the cover of The New Yorker, and there is a blog devoted to his work, Finger Paintings, on newyorker.com. His view of the city and his art are influenced by Woody Allen movies, Edward Hopper paintings, and Arthur Getz illustrations, among others. His first cover for The New Yorker, in June 2009, was the first time a smartphone-created image made the cover of a magazine.

Jen Bekman is an art-dealer, curator, writer, and entrepreneur, whose projects include her eponymous Manhattan gallery, the curated limited-edition fine-art print website 20x200, and the international photography competition Hey, Hot Shot!

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, graphic designer, and author of several books, including I LEGO N.Y, who writes and illustrates the New York Times blog Abstract City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811879259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811879255
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gster78 on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Jorge Colombo's work. I've bought a handful of his prints online, and have them hanging in my smallish, NYC-area home. If I had more wall space, I'd definitely buy more. Until then, however, this book does the trick for me. There are a LOT of his paintings in here, and I'm still amazed he created all of these with his phone. I may be a bit biased since I'm a native New Yorker, but I'm guessing that a lot of non-New York people would really like this as well.
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"Finger Paintings" remind me of childhood, when drawing abstract and simple paintings only by your hands on a large white piece of paper. Now, times have changed: the large white piece of paper has been replaced by a handy iPhone and the dirty "finger paint" has been abolished by a tidy Application, that doesn't require to wash your hands after performing your artwork.
But one thing didn't change: The intuitive and pure expression of your feelings and reflection of your world around you when performing art. This is exactly what Jorge is doing at a level of perfection, that enables him to capture not only a scenary of some part of the city, but also an intense atmosphere, a specific mood, when strolling through NYC, no matter wether during day or at night. When looking at his paintings I could recognize and recall these "moods" from moments, when exploring the city by myself.
The book is an amazing example of how techniques of creating art are changing in the age of information technologies, but it is still possible to capture subtle atmospheres like the great painters of the past centuries did before. IT works ;-)
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By S. Sanders on December 6, 2011
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the iPhone and New York City. It is amazing that these images, some of which you may recognize as New Yorker magazine covers, were fingerpainted on an iPhone. The application used to do this, Brushes, has the capability to replay all the brush strokes (or is that finger strokes?), so you can see how an image was formed, and some video clips of Jorge's work can be found online. For some reason I was surprised at the number of images in this body of work; viewing them makes you kind of a co-conspirator, in on the secret of what the artist is really doing standing on the street with a phone like so many of us do nowadays.
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I first became aware of Mr. Colombo's work on the cover of the New Yorker. His work is amazing! It's all done with his fingers on the iPhone. It reminds me largely of Edward Hopper's work, if only slightly less personal. The book is full of full-page images, and really does his work justice. Highly recommended!
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