The excitement for me as an artist lies not in exploring the unknown but in how I can effectively organise a visual arrangement that reflects the atmosphere and intensity of an environment, evoking a precise moment of the day under specific light and conditions. I hope you enjoy the work
Feature of the week 14/01/2018
Bus Stop Mile End
Bus Stop Mile End was the very first subject I painted when I moved to the East End in 1983. At that time I knew nothing of the existence of an earlier generation of artists who were concerned with this area. Even then I was already a bit out of step with my contemporaries who were more modernist in their approach to and treatments of motifs. But I wanted to tell the story just as I saw it. A sharp reminder of what I had observed happen in the Potteries of Stoke on Trent, where I had grown up. Isolated buildings picked off first, followed by whole streets demolished in swathes and with them a way of life that had supported and sustained a community for almost a century.
The building behind the bus stop was doomed in my eyes and I wanted to capture what remained before the bulldozers got to it. I was also struck by the chance encounter of two people coming together with the same objective, waiting for the bus to arrive. Did they have a conversation? Were they waiting for the same bus? Where are they now?
Less than a year later the building was demolished and the bus stop relocated. I had difficulty locating the spot where it and the building had stood when I visited the spot two years ago with Photographer Alex Pink and author of catalogue ‘Lost Time’ Fiona Atkins.
This painting will be on display from Thursday, 18th January, until Saturday 10th February 2018 at:
Abbott & Holder
30 Museum Street-opposite the British Museum-
London, WC1A 1LH