Regardless of the economic cycle that lies ahead, I can’t think of a place more likely to be reversioned as flats in the coming years than those in this picture. The buildings are an anachronism: these are the ones that pique my interest and offer an authentic vision of the past.
Until – inevitably – these buildings are swept away, they’re home to car repairers and cardboard box manufacturers. The kind of light industry long since airlifted away from the inner city. As I walked past, the night sky was aglow with white clouds, making the warehouse seem darker than usual. The graffiti seemed to ping, and the Luton van on the right lurked menacingly.
I’ve painted a few versions, all different, most much looser than this. As I look at it now, the central wall puts me in mind of the straight-lined architecture of Ed Ruscha’s work, and the too-straight perspective reminds me of de Chirico’s arrow-straight vistas.
I like painting places that I know, that are precious to me. And by doing so to somehow preserve them once the buildings themselves are gone.
Redmans Road h 41cm x w 51cm
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