Brick Lane for Article 25

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

Brick Lane for 10x10
Brick Lane for Article 25’s fund raising event in October/November 2013 – focus this year on London’s East End.