INTRODUCTIONS When my eye is in, life as a painter is exhilarating; potential paintings leap out almost everywhere I look and I never tire of it. Yet it is also frustrating since only a small fraction of these ever materialise. My work in this show represents some of those that made it over the last 16 months. Almost all are from the streets of London, painted on location, directly from life. There are some impromptu portraits too, which were also painted from life. Completing the collection, though, are two much larger paintings that were developed in the studio based on small plein air studies. Working in this way not only allows greater scale but also a deeper exploration of what can be achieved through a more complex layering of paint.
Benjamin Hope June 2017
Published on Sep 6, 2017