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INTRODUCTION When it comes to painting, I am something of a polygamist. I wish I could spend a lifetime with each of my three loves: painting en plein air, still-life, and portraits. If I paint differently for each, it is a reflection of distinct perceptual experiences: the fleeting atmosphere of cities and landscapes, the textures and symbolism of objects, and the uniqueness of character in different people.  For this, my debut show, there is still-life and a selfie, but I have emphasised the outdoors with paintings from the cities of my past (Oxford and Cambridge) and my present (London), as well as further afield.  A constant through all my work is that I paint directly from life, from looking and perceiving, and this gives the series its title: Observations. I live for that precious hour when all that seems to exist is the subject.  Benjamin Hope, 2015

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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