After Holborn Circus in London’s West End last year, this year Article 25 asked me to paint Brick Lane: my contribution to their 10×10 “drawing the city” fund-raising event, this time in the East End.
What a great subject! Full of colour, smells and music, the place buzzes with life on a Sunday afternoon. The spicy rich complexity of the food is echoed by the strong red weathered brickwork.
As well as acrylic paint and black ink I have incorporated collage into the image: the cover and some pages from Monica Ali’s book “Brick Lane”; some menus and tickets from the area; some wooden cutlery from the market; a palette knife broken in making the picture and a blade – representing the sharp edginess of the place.
For details of the exhibition and auction in November 2013