The Diamond Dust Collection: David Drebin

8 July - 17 August 2021

Until August 17th, Echo Fine Arts is proud to present "The Diamond Dust Collection" by David Drebin.

The viewing room offers you an in-depth understanding of the artist's limited edition artworks through anecdotes, quotes and analysis of some of his most iconic artworks.

  • Internationally acclaimed art photographer, New York City based David Drebin is renowned as a storyteller through his works. Whether the subjects are glamorous women in high-rise condos, city skylines from a vantage point of streets at dusk, or other-wordly seascapes, each image sparks a feeling that seems to feed the need of our raw nature, made of a unique blend of voyeurism, intrigue and fantasy.

  • Based in New York, Toronto-born David Drebin is a multidisciplinary artist working in various art forms producing limited edition works...

    Based in New York, Toronto-born David Drebin is a multidisciplinary artist working in various art forms producing limited edition works including Photographs, Lightboxes, Neon light Installations, Sculptures, Etchings on Glass and more recently, Diamond Dust artworks. In 2005, Drebin had his first solo exhibition at Camera Work in Berlin. This was followed by his first comprehensive illustrated book entitled “Love and Other Stories” in 2007. This zeitgeist moment was followed by over a hundred solo shows around the world and regular features at Art Basel in Miami. His artworks have been acquired by the most avid international Art Collectors.

    Drebin's photographs are epic, dramatic and above all, cinematic. In a unique and opulent way, Drebin stages Femme Fatales against gigantic backdrops of cities such as Hong Kong, New York, or Paris. These urban panorama act as cinematic settings. With their impressive skyscrapers, they provide the viewer with a nearly infinite surface for the imagination. The distinctive tension and depth in his pictures arise from the free combination of such differing topics as humor and sex, melancholy and sex, and melancholy and humour.

  • The Diamond Dust Collection

    Diamond Dust is a glittering material that can be applied to paper and ink in the printing process, establishing and generating a textured, elaborate, and radiant finish.

    Inspired by Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust prints are know for alluringly capturing the light, as well as enhancing the value and beauty of the prints.

  • DREAMSCAPES

    David Drebin's "Dreamscapes" are an open window to a dreamy universe we long for. Gawking at the cityscape of Manhattan, flying over the Boulevards of Paris or cruising in the Bay of Naples, his images infuse the viewer with an empowering feeling of elevation. Photographed sometime between dusk and dawn, they constitue an invitation to a new beginning.

  • Central Park, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Central Park, Diamond Dust, 2020

     

    “I’ve been based in New York since September 1994. I struggled for years and years in the same 500 square apartment in Soho where I built my career.

    The struggle and perseverance is what interests me in people.

    The Sold out “Central Park”, now available in “The Diamond Dust Collection”, was actually the first landscape I ever photographed, and it made me realize that I had to do more of this type of imagery. It was a five-minute exposure photograph taken from a very-high-in-the-sky penthouse suite on 57th Street. I was there on a shoot and looked out the window and just had to make this image - it was breathtaking. It wasn’t planned at all.”

    David Drebin

     

    NOTABLE FACT: In its classic version which is today sold out, "Central Park" reached the price of $ 78,000.00 in Art Miami in 2010.

     
  • Dreams of Central Park, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Dreams of Central Park, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • David Drebin, Blazing City, Diamond Dust, 2020
  • Balloons Over Paris Diamond Dust, 2020

    Balloons Over Paris Diamond Dust, 2020

    "I love making photographs in the "City of Light”. The Magic of Paris. Beauty everywhere. How can one not be inspired by Paris and the creative inspiration around every corner."

    David Drebin

  • Jerusalem, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Jerusalem, Diamond Dust, 2020

    “This photograph was planned, as I went to Jerusalem specifically to make this image from the highest point in the city. It was taken in a bit of a danger zone, but I had security detail with me. It required a super-long exposure to get all the elements in the image.”

    David Drebin

  • Reflections of light, dramatic color, and evocative staging invite viewers to reflect and lose themselves in a fascinating and experiential...

    David Drebin, Bay of Amalfi, Italy

    Reflections of light, dramatic color, and evocative staging invite viewers to reflect and lose themselves in a fascinating and experiential daydream. As detached from reality as you will let them be, these images will stay with you long after you saw them.

  • Capri, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Capri, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • Heaven Can Wait, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Heaven Can Wait, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • "I don't take photographs,

    I make photographs."

    David Drebin

  • FEMMES FATALES

    Staging dramatic icons within opulent cityscapes from New-York to Hong-Kong, Drebin's pictures tell us a story. They depict its climax, that very moment when everything is about to change. Indeed, the profound cinematographic nature of Drebin's work is to be linked to his inclination for topics such as melancholy, humor and sex. Both voyeuristic and psychological, his creations have the ability to resurface deeply buried emotions within each and every one of us.

  • Girl in Orange Dress, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Girl in Orange Dress, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Selected as the cover of the Conde Nast Traveler “Room With a View” published by Assouline in 2010, Girl in Orange Dress is a landmark in Drebin’s limited edition art collection. More than just a breathtaking view from a high floor of The Standard Hotel in New York City, overlooking High Line Park and the Hudson River, it gathers all the elements characteristic to the artist’s psychological work: a glamorous heroin in a high-rise condo and a cityscape by night orchestrated by a highly cinematic lighting focusing on the “Femme Fatale” and accentuating the feeling of separation between her and the world buzzing behind the glass. Additionally, the use of complementary colors between the now iconic orange dress and the blue sky echoed by the streetlights, lead the eye and probably the heroin's thoughts, to the vanishing point.


    This iconic image is now available in the new Diamond Dust Collection.

  • “His photographs make me dream and I fill in my heart the script for the narrative they evoke. In paintings...

    Big City Spy, Diamond Dust, 2020

    “His photographs make me dream and I fill in my heart the script for the narrative they evoke. In paintings as in photography I have always had a particular fascination for artists who were able to skillfully render the world of the night."

    Simon de Pury
    Auctrioneer & Art Collector

  • "I always knew I was a storyteller and it was easier to express my thoughts in pictures than in words."

    "For me I never got into this to be “cool” and there have been many years of colossal struggle, especially the early days when I worked for years as a waiter at night uptown in NYC at “The Kiosk” at 72nd and Lexington serving all the same movie stars and entertainers martinis and steak au poivre who years later, I ended up photographing for glossy magazines all over the world.

    Being a waiter was the ultimate training: learning how to serve others and juggling multiple orders in my mind all at once! After the night shift at the restaurant, I would wake up early to set up my own sessions and either photograph or print my own photographs from my negatives (before the digital age) at color labs all over New York City. I spent entire days in the darkroom building my portfolio in the late 90’s and then took the subway uptown from my apartment in Soho to work at the restaurant.

    In the summer after work, I used to roller blade home at night through Times Square and dream of having billboards of my work there. The reason “why” is because I always knew I was a storyteller and it was easier to express my thoughts in pictures than in words. "

    David Drebin

  • I Love You with Girl, Diamond Dust, 2020

    I Love You with Girl, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Photographed on the streets of Tribeca, NYC, in 2006,  this limited edition image is only available in the new Diamond Dust Collection.

  • "New York City. The greatest story ever sold. The Dreamers, the Misfits, the Crazies, the Outcasts, The Original Originals who flock to NYC from around the world to pursue their dreams. You can be what and who you want to be in New York City. The City that embraces all where anything is possible.

    It all started for me at Parsons School of Design in 1994. The lights were bright. However, the real schooling was walking the streets of New York and experiencing the invasion of the senses. That was the real education. Real life. Real dreams. Real plans combined with patience, perseverance, drive, determination. Relentless pursuit. No success nor failure is ever final. NYC, the greatest story ever sold. It all starts with a vision for yourself. What is your vision?"

    David Drebin

    Stargazing, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • "I don't identify myself as a photographer, I never have.

    I've always identified myself as a creator of luxury."

    David Drebin

  • Floating Dreams, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Floating Dreams, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • Floating Dreams, Diamond Dust, 2020

    unframed

  • Love is in the Air, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Love is in the Air, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • Below The Surface, Diamond Dust, 2020

    Below The Surface, Diamond Dust, 2020

  • Below the Surface, Diamond Dust, 2020

    unframed

  • "I still feel like I'm in the process of getting better every day and you can't ever think that you're there."

    David Drebin