James Gulliver Hancock attended the University of Technology in Sydney with the intention of exploring the realm of visual arts. After graduating, he landed in the fertile ground of Brooklyn’s Pencil Factory, home to a collective of brilliant book illustrators. While there, he explored what art could be achieved with pencil and paper. Since that time, his talent flourished, and his work has been well received, as is evident from the success of All the Buildings in New York, which began as a digital diary.
He used his images to remind him of his neighborhood, the people he encountered and as a mechanism to process the sights he saw around him as a visitor in a foreign land. His experiment gained traction, received media attention and then earned a book deal. It was an organic process and he finds it ironic that his obsessive interest in the recording of places, people and community resonated with viewers.