When my student age children returned home during lockdown, I found myself right back in full time catering mode, spending a great deal of time queuing round the perimeter of our local supermarket car park. Ranged around the edge of this space the usual bland landscaping provides a hiding place for drug-taking and the dumping of rubbish but it also bears traces of its loftier intentions in both design and upkeep. These ‘signs of life’, even the more anti-social ones, are interesting to me, maybe even consoling, and from this came a series of paintings of these overlooked corners. Some brightly lit, but others from the quieter late night trips taken in part to escape our newly crowded house.
I guess, like many people, my personal landscape shrank beyond recognition last year. Maybe re-focusing on these smaller, extremely local views helped distract. The paintings are all small, A5, on pound shop type canvas with paper applied to the front. Just acrylics and, as with everything at this time, from Amazon. I hadn’t painted for a good fifteen years whilst the kids were growing up, so it was a strange and timid step back into that world – everything else was upside-down, so why not?
Night-time Hedges Tufnell Park acrylic on paper with a primed canvas support, framed
Size: 23cm h x 28.5cm w