The present lot is exemplary of the hyper-realistic urban landscapes for which Richard Estes is best known. The monumental work measures roughly 3 feet by 6 feet and is the largest print by the artist. To arrive at the completed work, Estes created a maquette and worked closely with Edition Domberger throughout the printing process. In the end, the lifelike work eerily void of human presence, was created using 212 colors and more than 100 layers of ink.

Richard Estes working on D-Train in 1987. Image via Edition Domberger

Usually it's a pretty calculated, sustained, and slow process by which you develop something. The effect can be one of spontaneity, but that's part of the artistry.

Richard Estes