I consider myself to be a local artist, making positive images of my neighbourhood and the community I know well.
Out and about in east London, finding a good place to draw I see the varied effects of regeneration and the signs of social problems that locals face everyday.
Recently my paintings have a narrative about outdoor games e.g. Cricket and Tennis, this is a way of referring to the indomitable spirit of East London communities. I am making an image of a hoped for base level; where people in the community have positive human relationships, a sense of purpose and a decent home.
Drawings on Location
Regeneration of East London
As an artist with over thirty years experience of working with community groups in Bromley by Bow, I am equally committed to making works that explore a deeply urban affair between a new world created in the pursuit of progress and modernity and the community that it is setting out to serve. A community whose optimism is by no means universal because they have seen before that the developers’ bulldozers can just as easily destroy the inner-city infrastructure geared to serving local needs.
“I have such an affinity with your work, it feels as if your portfolio has mapped my own personal belonging and history with the area and its people. I continue to enjoy your architectural documentation of the development of east London and the changes. Beautiful.”
Director of Partnerships at
Bromley by Bow Centre