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LONDON CALLING: AN URBAN LANDSCAPE
4-8 DECEMBER 2018
MENIER GALLERY, LONDON
"A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping, / Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye / Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping / In sight, then lost amidst the forestry / Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping / On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy; / A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown / On a fool’s head – and there is London Town." -Lord Byron
First settled by the Romans in AD47, London now has a population of 8,825,000 and covers 671 square miles. This vast groaning city is Europe’s largest. Architecturally it spans two millenia from Roman archeological remains to modern day skyscrapers such as the “Gherkin” and the “Shard” with the English Renaissance buildings of Inigo Jones and modernist 1960s Brutalism in between.
The urban landscape paintings I have produced for ‘Take Four’ are inspired entirely by this iconic city and the buildings and streets that are contained within it. A Victorian railway bridge sitting alongside a concrete and glass high rise building, gaps in dark alleys letting in shafts of light, derelict power stations standing next to multi billion pound residential developments - this is a city of juxtapositions that I have celebrated in both my representational and abstract pieces.