PAINTINGS

Welcome to my website, which features my paintings and information about my work.



IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Birling Gap, 24 June 2016, oil on board, 100 x 122cm.

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My painting, Birling Gap 16 June 2016 is Image of the Week on Cambridge University political blog www.inthelongrun.org

The painting was made on the day immediately after the Brexit referendum in 2016. Inverting the colours of the landscape of England's iconic white cliffs was a way I could express the intense anxieties and fears I felt about the forces unleashed by the vote. Now, immediately after an election in which all hope of preventing Brexit is lost, England is set on a course not only to cast itself adrift from Europe but as a very likely consequence of that act, to break up the national family of the UK. Yes the fears are coming to pass, the painting feels uncannily prescient.

I painted it in inverse colours - the opposite of what we see with our eyes. At its centre is a Union Jack flag, torn, also with its colours inverted. The painting links elements of my family's history with critical moments of national crisis in a place that has a strong symbolic resonance with English identity - the Seven Sisters, those iconic white cliffs. My father lived here as a child with his mother during the Battle of Britain and through the subsequent bombing, barred from going down to a beach cut off by defensive barbed wire. When the farm next door got a direct hit from a doodlebug, my granny evacuated with the children to the North. Members of the family are still in the area. The end terraced house in the painting used to belong to artist friends and an artist lived next door too. I used to go and stay until, one by one, their houses have had to be demolished, as the crumbling cliffs of England are relentlessly eaten away by the sea.


CANDID ARTS WINTER EXHIBITION

In or out of sight, oil on board, 62 x 76cm.



Following the political tragedy of the election, a painting on the theme of blindness seemed an apt image to show in Candid Arts Winter Exhibition. It is one of four paintings I am showing depicting London street life.

Preview evening. Wednesday 18th December – 6-10pm

Exhibition open. Thursday 19th December – Sunday 12th January 2020. Opening Hours 12-6pm

The exhibition will be closed 23rd December – 3rd January 2020

Candid Arts, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ www.candidarts.com


ALEPH CONTEMPORARY

Models for life, oil on board, 100 x 122cm.

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I am proud to be amongst a roster of wonderful artists featured by a new gallery, Aleph Contemporary, which has launched this month. Aleph Contemporary organises curated exhibitions and events where people can meet the artists and see new work. They put a focus on artists with curatorial and educational experience who are continuing to develop their own voice. They will be inviting journalists, curators, art historians, art advisors and artists to participate in relaxed salon-style dialogues, which will be filmed and brought online at their website: www.alephcontemporary.com


HOMES & ANTIQUES

My house and paintings are the cover feature in the May issue of Homes & Antiques magazine, with a seven page photo article inside. Many thanks to Cavaliero Finn for setting it up and to James Balston photographer and Jo Leevers writer, for making it happen.

See the full feature here. Homes & Antiques


INDIAN QUARTERLY

Childs Play, oil on board, 29 x 36cm.

A painting I did 20 years ago is reproduced in the Indian Quarterly April issue alongside a poem by Arundhathi Subaramaniam. The painting is one of the first series of paintings in which I started to paint people in urban space. Indian Quarterly is a national and international culture magazine published in Mumbai. Link to it here.


THE OBSERVER

A 3 page photo feature and article about my home and paintings appeared in the Observer magazine (Sunday 5 August). See the full feature here.

The photo shoot was arranged through Cavaliero Finn gallery. To coincide with the feature, Cavaliero Finn published an interview with me about my work. See the interview here Trevor Burgess on Axisweb