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The Lavender Hill Mob 2015, oil on board 35.6 x 30.5 cm 14 x 12 ins A lot of onlookers have no idea what I’m doing—why should they?—and I’m often asked “are you painting?” or “what are you painting?” In this case, an old lady stood next to me, a little bemused, on a crowded, hot afternoon in Clapham Junction; after a while, she asked “is that a boat?” Admittedly it was early on in the work and the sweep of Lavender Hill was just a grey smudge, but it reminded me of the enormous disparity between what I worry about and what other people see. Even after three years of painting on the street, I can still feel self-conscious and at times I imagine people criticising every technical aspect of my work, in the same way my internal voice does.  15

JP Art Gallery Benjamin Hope Observations 2015  
JP Art Gallery Benjamin Hope Observations 2015  

A catalogue of works by Benjamin Hope for the 'Observations' exhibition at JP Art Gallery, London, November 2015

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