I am an Irish painter and fine artist, born in Derry in the North West of Ireland. I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, with a B.A. Honours in Social Anthropology and Sociology. I work primarily in oil paints, pencil drawings and photography.
With a love of Georgian architecture and its rich and diverse history, I am moved to record and explore the urban landscape of Spitalfields. I am drawn by the distinctive quality of the place, its continuity and its ever changing landscape. I walk the streets with the ghosts of “Spitalfields Nippers” in tow, and work to capture a contemporary interpretation of the streets and its inhabitants. Spitalfields has provided sanctuary for me and for centuries of immigrants. Waves of human stories, facing conflict and oppression, the Huguenots, the Jews and Irish fleeing famine and persecution, the Bangladeshi community who followed.
This is one painting in a body of work based on Spitalfields and the East End of London. It is a snapshot in time, when Verde & Co. occupied Marianna Kennedy’s 3 Fournier Street for a brief period. I was moved by the light flooding into the space and the view of the grand and ever imposing Christ Church opposite. The vibrant oranges by the window, a nod to Jeanette Winterson and to the old fruit market. I made preliminary sketches and took photographs, the final painting was completed in studio. I am recording some of what is there before it too becomes lost to time.
Verde Fournier St h 41cm x w 51cm
£2,450 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org )