Born in Trinidad and Tobago and residing in Toronto, Canada, “scrapermaker” Adrian Luces has long had a passion and appreciation for architecture, beautiful buildings, and contemporary abstract art.
Adrian’s fascination with tall buildings began at the age of eight years old when his parents took him to New York City for the first time. Visiting the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, the two tallest buildings in New York at the time, he was awed when looking up into the sky to see the tops of these architectural wonders.
The inspiration for this work came to Adrian while working on a TV series on location in one of Toronto’s office towers in its financial district. His first piece called “Reflections” portrays the wonder of reflections on the glass of windows of office towers in downtown Toronto. In that piece, there is a hidden picture of the artist that was only discovered after the picture was taken.
“As one may imagine, the method in creating these pieces is quite time consuming. The initial manipulation of photo combinations does not always work to ones liking. The process is not just layering as some have surmised, but rather it is one of experimental design. I enjoy the challenge of spending many hours on a piece, working to achieve the results you see before you. An integral part of the intricacy of this image-making process is knowing exactly which types of pictures to take and how to take them. One of the greatest joys in creating these images is travelling to these world cities, capturing the vibes of each location and then shooting their landmarks in various situations, in turn, translating their magic. I will never forget the feeling I had when I saw my first sample produced on metal. I was emotional, as I could not believe how all the hours of work had turned into such stunning pieces of art”. Adrian Luces (The Scrapermaker)