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Westminster Cathedral 2015, oil on board 30.5 x 35.6 cm 12 x 14 ins During my second session on this, I was thinking about Ken Howard’s work partly because the view reminded me of his brilliant San Marco paintings. Only moments later a voice cut through the noise of Victoria Street: “Are you Peter Brown?” Something about the tone told me he knew I wasn’t. I looked round to find the man himself: Ken Howard! What a lovely surprise. We’d never met and this was the perfect moment to do so. The conversation soon moved on to nicknames. Following Pete the Street (Peter Brown’s long-standing nickname), someone has suggested High Street Ken. Neither of us could come up with a play on my name. As he said goodbye and disappeared into the distance, I couldn’t stop smiling at my new-found ability to materialise great artists merely by thinking about them.  34

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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