Ransom Gillis House, Brush Park, Detroit

383_2016 Watercolor-Sketches /Daler-Rowney Graduate Sketchbook, 2x 21,0 x 14,9 cm / 8.3 x 5.8 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862

This house in Brush Park, Detroit is ´responsible´ for my passion for old American homes. It has an interesting history, seemed to be lost completely but has been restored to the old beauty again. The decay of the building has been documented in a great photo series over the years by Camilo Jose Vergara. The decay of the building has been more inspiration for my work than the restoration – because it Is telling so much about the history of Motor City, too. On the other hand I am happy that somebody did put his hand on the old building to rescue it. I did draw and paint a lot of views of this building in the decay already, but I am still thinking about a series of full format watercolors of Brush Park and so I come back to it from time to time.

Dieses alte Haus in Brush Park, Detroit ist “verantwortlich” für meine Leidenschaft für alte Amerikanische Wohnhäuser. Es hat eine interessante Geschichte, schien beinahe komplett verloren und wurde kürzlich restauriert, um jetzt wieder in seiner alten Schönheit zu erstrahlen. Der Verfall des Gebäudes wurde in einer großartigen Fotoserie von Camilo Jose Vergara über die Jahr dokumentiert. Der Verfall des Gebäudes bot mir mehr Inspiration für meine Malerei als das jetzt vollständig restaurierte Gebäude, weil es auch so viel über die Geschichte der Motor City erzählte. Andererseits bin ich natürlich froh, dass sich nun jemand des Gebäudes angenommen hat, um es vor dem Komplettabriss zu retten, der den meisten alten Gebäuden des Stadtteils wiederfahren ist. Ich habe schon eine Menge Zeichnungen und Aquarelle des verfallenen Gebäudes gemacht, da ich aber immer noch mit dem Gedanken einer Serie von großformatigen Aquarellen zu Brush Park spiele, komme ich immer wieder darauf zurück.


33_2016 Watercolor / Hahnemühle Mould-made rough – ca. 24 x 32 cm / 9.4 x 12.6 in / Lukas Aquarell 1862

8 thoughts on “Ransom Gillis House, Brush Park, Detroit

  1. I love antiquity and vintage old houses, they tell a story! I love to be able to walk through an old house, feel its wooden floors, stepping back in time, exploring every bit & corner, sit and feel those antique chairs, touch those marble tables! Look at the vintage photographs of its former occupants, etc. I’m happy to see when an old house is being restored, thereby saving the past not only for the present but for the future as well. But when it’s looking so neglected, forslorn and abandoned falling from age, and worst being torn down, I feel so sad!

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    1. It inspires me more than making me feel sad. Even when it is falling apart I think it is amazing to see how an old house is becoming one with nature again. In the city it does often look different but even there I find it awesome when the nature is getting it back. The only thing making me feel sad is when an old house is demolished.


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