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Rose Crescent, April Evening 2015, oil on board 20.3 x 35.6 cm 8 x 14 ins I got that tug as soon as I saw Rose Crescent in the April evening sun. With telephone wires, theatrically lit awnings, and shop banners that echo the line of the shadow, it was so obviously a painting. It had to be done, even if this meant completely blocking the pavement right on the corner of Trinity Street and Trinity Lane.  I loved it, especially getting in the glancing light on the windows in the very top left with only seconds to spare before they were plunged into shadow.  This was also the one and only time I’ve asked someone to go away. For some reason a man decided to get right in my face, munching on peanuts, rambling on endlessly about his bike lights. I felt slightly guilty afterwards, but there was no way I could let him get between me and a rapidly descending sun. 

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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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