THE VISUAL = THE VISIBLE + THE INVISIBLE.
Through painting, I seek to find the Significant Form & Significant Space of my architecture.
Through painting, I foreshadow an architecture of Form & Story.
Architecture is the stage set for the drama of life.
Architecture is a story told through a building.
SELF-TAUGHT PAINTER JEF7REY HILDNER AKA HENRY TRUCKS draws on his inspiration as an architect to explore the theme of the rectangle, simultaneously aesthetic and symbolic. He invites viewers to explore the open-ended meaning of his semi-abstract pictures by seeing them as both maps and windows: panoramic landscapes you could either snapshot from an airplane or view from your porch looking toward the horizon. His paintings depict site plans and facades—open spaces and walls.
The Architect Painter presents not only a highly developed aesthetic language, which he applies to his buildings. Through his modern, asymmetric layering of lines and planes, positive figures and negative spaces, through devices of color, texture, or collage, he evokes the spirit of ancient myths, a symbolic dimension that also infuses his architecture.
Trucks blends signature concepts—including Control and Soul, Jigsaw Design, Negative Cubism, and Empty Space / Full Space. (The Architect Painter outlines all nine concepts in his book Daedalus 9.) He explores what he calls the "Visual Chess Game of Move & Meaning"—the basis for an architecture of Form & Story that he has so far most fully realized in his award-winning project,
Dante | Telescope House.
AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT, PAINTER, AND WRITER JEF7REY HILDNER LAUNCHED THE ARCHITECT PAINTER PRESS IN 2005 UNDER THE BANNER, "LIVE BRAVE." The Architect Painter Press presents Hildner's buildings, paintings, and insights—work that reflects his focus on the visible and invisible architecture of art and life. Author of eight books, including VISUAL EF9ECTS | Architecture and the Chess Game of Form & Story, JEF7REY HILDNER has published his projects and celebrated essays on the theory and practice of art in a wide array of publications other than those produced by The Architect Painter Press—for example, Journal of Architectural Education and Global Architecture Houses.
Hildner paints under the name Henry Trucks. He writes under the names Madison Gray, Eliot Plum, and Michelangelo A. Roland Slate. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Princeton University.
To learn more about Hildner's body of work as an architect, painter, and writer—go to: 01. JEF7REY HILDNER | ARCHITECT — Q.F.B.