In a normal year I would usually try and visit Paris, but this proved too difficult during the pandemic. So instead, I spent time reading more about the city, finding new blogs and social media accounts and I finally finished some books on the history of Paris.
The Town House Open call for submissions inspired me to paint this scene: which, until recently, was my favourite street in Montmartre. The montage of buildings is from shops and small businesses that used to line Rue Muller … small scruffy junk shops, eclectic overstuffed curio emporiums, artist co-operatives, traditional bars and family-owned restaurants frequented by locals. Gentrification and rising prices have transformed the area and all but one or two of these establishments have now gone. The painting pays little heed to street numbering or exact geography … in my memory it used to be a bustling colourful street with buildings jostling for space, but it has now been replaced by elegant, minimal facades.
I am waiting to return in the literal sense and although it is not possible to return to that place as it was, I hope to go back to Paris soon and find a new favourite street.
Waiting to Return oil on board, framed
Size: 54cm h x 44cm w
Price: £750 contact (please include the title of the work)