We live in a society that is constantly upgrading and disposing of the past, something Philadelphia based artist Drew Leshko aims to preserve. With a skilled attention to detail, Leshko miniaturizes the places, vehicles, and machines he encounters into paper sculptures. Recent subjects have included a local strip bar, his grandfather’s 80s camper, iceboxes, and even dumpsters, all replicated to 1:12 standard dollhouse scale with accuracy in cut archival paper and wood. He highlights these symbols of urban life in hopes others can begin to appreciate their every day surroundings. Buildings that are in a state of decay or on the cusp of redevelopment are the ones that catch his eye the most, which he describes as architectural “relics”. -Hi Fructose Magazine

Drew Leshko is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based artist. By carving, cutting, and layering varieties of paper and wood, Leshko creates documentary studies of architecture from his neighborhood in an attempt to create a three dimensional archive of buildings that are in transitional periods. The work examines gentrification and history, how historical relevance is determined, and most importantly, what is worth preserving. Working from observation and photographs, the artist painstakingly recreates building facades from his neighborhood at a 1:12 scale. The scale is familiar for some viewers as standard dollhouse spec; the treatment to the buildings is widely different. The minute detail of his work includes city detritus such as dumpsters and pallets, which are commentary of the same ideas of what is worth preserving. Highlighting quick fixes and simple solutions, Leshko’s work begs the viewer to build their own ideas of why and when these changes had been made. Accumulations of typically overlooked details and minutiae like acid rain deposits and rust become beautiful adornments.

Leshko’s work has been exhibited in London, Berlin, Dublin, Chicago, New York City, Delaware, Detroit, Indiana, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Urban Nation Museum (Berlin), the Dean Collection (NYC), West Collection (Philadelphia), and Iron State Development’s corporate collection (Hoboken), and many private collections throughout the country.

Current and Previous Works by Drew Leshko

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  • “4 TROUT”

    (2015)
    $3,000
    Available
    Paper, airbrush, enamel, dry pigments, inkjet print, wood, wire, clay, plastic, vinyl, fabric
    41" × 16"
    104 × 41 cm

    Show:

    • ‘Invisible College’ at the Fort Wayne Museum Of Art – co-curated exhibition
  • “Beer-N-Soda”

    (2015)
    $1,850
    Sold
    illustration board, paper, wood, plexiglas, inkjet prints, wire, enamel, marker, dry pigments
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / LHR – co-curated show with Stolen Space in London, England
  • “Cats vs. Dogs”

    (2015)
    $800
    Sold
    Illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, acrylic, wire, dry pigments
    5.5" × 4.25"
    14 × 11 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “Clean Bandits”

    (2015)
    $800
    Sold
    Illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, acrylic, airbrush, dry pigments, wire
    5.5
    3.375" × "
    9 × 0 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “Counterpunch”

    (2015)
    $800
    Available
    Illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, acrylic, airbrush, dry pigments, wire
    5.125" × 4"
    13 × 10 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “Fishtown Post Office, Philadelphia, PA”

    (2016)
    $1,900
    Sold
    Paper, enamel, acrylic, wire mesh, dry pigments, wood, inkjet prints and fabric
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • “Huge Green”

    (2015)
    $800
    Available
    Illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, acrylic, airbrush, wire, dry pigments
    8.125" × 6"
    21 × 15 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “Ice Corner Grocery Store”

    (2015)
    $4,500
    Sold
    Archival paper, plaster, wood, enamel, dry pigments, airbrush, plastic, wire, wood, inkjet prints
    25.5" × 37.75"
    65 × 96 cm

    Shows:

    • The Long Beach Museum of Art in collaboration with Thinkspace and POW! WOW!
    • Scope Miami Beach 2015
  • “Meander”

    (2015)
    $1,800
    Sold
    Paper, wood, plastic, wire, clay, oil pigments, airbrush, inkjet print
    20" × 16"
    51 × 41 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / DTW – Curated show at Inner State Gallery (Detroit, MI)
  • “News Stand #3”

    (2015)
    $1,600
    Available
    Illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, airbrush, dry pigments, charcoals, wood
    8.75" × 8.5"
    22 × 22 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “NYPD Interceptor”

    (2016)
    $1,700
    Available
    Archival paper, enamel, dry pigments, plastic, wire, clay, inkjet prints, wood
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • SCOPE New York 2016(Group Exhibition)
  • “Rover”

    (2015)
    $1,600
    Sold
    Archival paper, enamel, dry pigments, plastic, wire, clay, inkjet prints, wood
    Framed dimensions / piece itself closer to 9x9 inches
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Scope Miami Beach 2015
  • “Rusty Blue”

    (2015)
    $750
    Available
    illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, acrylic, airbrush, wire, dry pigments
    5" × 3.75"
    13 × 10 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “Rusty Ice Box”

    (2015)
    $750
    Sold
    Illustration board, enamel, marker, airbrush, dry pigments, wire
    5.125" × 7.25"
    13 × 18 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)
  • “United Check Cashing”

    (2017)
    $1,900
    Available
    Variety of paper, plaster, acrylic, enamel, dry pigments, plastic, inkjet prints, reindeer moss
    On Loan to Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Pow Wow Hawai’I 2017 – (Taking place at Honolulu Museum of Art School)
  • “USPS LLV”

    (2016)
    $1,800
    Sold
    Paper, dry pigments, enamel, clay, wire and plastic
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

    Show:

    • POW! WOW! Hawai’i – Honolulu Museum Art School
  • “Water Tower / Cell Tower”

    (2017)
    $2,000
    Available
    Coffee stirrers on paint can, paper, string, basswood, illustration board, pastels, acrylic
    11.75" × 6.5"
    30 × 17 cm

    Show:

    • Flourish (Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum – Mesa, AZ)
  • “Yams”

    (2015)
    $800
    Sold
    Illustration board, inkjet prints, enamel, acrylic, airbrush, wire, dry pigments
    5.5" × 4.25"
    14 × 11 cm

    Show:

    • New Works(Office)