30” x 36” (76 x 91cm)

Acrylic on gessoed panel

Private Collection


This picture was painted over a period of three months using acrylics on a gessoed panel. Is the dilapidated shop, left empty for years, an allegory of the decline of printed newspapers in the face of digital competition? Is it the face of Cameron’s Britain? Has news of the picture already goaded a dilatory landlord into action? The day after the picture was completed, the builders moved in to begin the refurbishment. We caught the dereliction in its prime, just ‘before the ghosts left’. Current rumour has it will become a funeral parlour. The death of the High Street lives on! For those interested in such things, the sky was strongly influenced by the sky in Egbert van der Poel’s, View of Delft, in the National Gallery.

‘I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.’

Georgia O'Keeffe