If you’ve ridden the NYC subway within the past six months or so, you may have seen this illustration by Philippe Lechien (sorry, couldn’t find a better picture to post!). I decided to be pro-active and do a little internet research about Philippe, but it turns out that there actually isn’t that much out there. Here’s a little blurb from theispot.com:
One feels the immediacy of Philippe’s work because he illustrates the moment as a photo journalist does. During the 1990s, Philippe traveled Africa to make reportorial drawings about the conditions in refugee camps. From this experience came his current style which allows the viewer to peek out at an event from an obscure vantage point. Philippe loves both jazz and New York City. Festival de Jazz de La Villette, held in the great Cultural Hall in Paris, exhibited his suite of drawings “Jazz in New York,” created during the years he lived in Manhattan. Most recently Philippe’s version of a bustling New York can be seen as an MTA art card on the NYC subway.
Okay, here’s the memory lane bit…I guess I was never really cognizant of how often I looked at these art cards over the years until I found this MTA website that has all of these posters from the past TEN years pictured. If you live in NYC, I think you’ll be surprised at just how many of these you recognize.