David Hepher exhibits a new series of work based around the
infamous Aylesbury estate, Walworth, South East London. These large
format paintings depict the immense scale of the tower blocks and
include a panoramic piece made up of five large canvases which
amount to ten meters in length.
The literalism of David Hepher's work conveys the very substance
of the estate, blending building sand with oil paint to create a
medium comparative to concrete and/or enlarged photographic images,
allowing him to confront his subject directly. By incorporating the
fabric of architecture into his paintings, he seeks not merely to
represent the tower blocks, but to take over their very substance.
These works speak in a heterogeneous visual language, the
Mondrianesque grids of the buildings are interrupted by segments of
landscape torn from other urban areas; streaks of paint mark their
architectural anatomies; spray paint mimicking tags of graffiti
litter the canvas.