About the Architectural Fantasies
This group of drawings dates from my late teens until my early twenties (1955 to 1963). It is possible that some of them may be later: the early 1970’s, but I am not at all sure. I did not follow the practice of dating my work until 1980, so for anything completed prior to that I must make a guess based on memory. Most of these drawings are very crude and rapid studies done using cheap paper, some of it with three holes. Many were done on orange-colored paper. I have been able to adjust most of these with my computer so that the orange disappears, but with about one I thought it best to not adjust the image. Also, my drawing skills were not as refined and there is a roughness about the drawing that is not found in my later work.
Many of the studies show the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School, especially Architectural Fantasies 8, 9, 10, 12 and 23. Many of the others, particularly some of the skyscrapers, are definitely Art Deco. There are even a few drawings, such as Architectural Fantasy 40, that are patterned after antique styles, this one being a blend of Gothic and Romanesque.Architectural Fantasies 17, 19 and 20 are a blend of Deco and Classical. The influence of the orient is present in Architectural Fantasy 5, rather Islamic in flavor, and Architectural Fantasy 57 which is very Chinese.
Though they are the work of a youth, I find that many of the artistic ideas and proclivities carry through into my later work.