Image: David Hepher Camberwell Flats by Night

David Hepher Camberwell Flats by Night Guildhall Art Gallery Acquisition

Flowers Gallery is delighted to announce that Camberwell Flats by Night by David Hepher has been acquired for the Guildhall Art Gallery collection.

Hepher first started painting South- East London’s high-rise architecture in the 1970s, inspired by the scale and impact of the tower blocks on the London skyline. Camberwell Flats by Night, (1983), reflects Hepher’s sustained focus on residential architecture, and the details of ordinary, everyday life.

In this painting, the grid-like composition of stairways, balconies and brightly lit windows is reminiscent of earlier Modernist painting, while reflecting a post-war urban landscape very much of its own time. His work has been described by art critic, author and documentary film-maker Ben Lewis as both celebrating and mourning modernism in modes that are "futuristic and nostalgic, utopian and entropic."

Hepher refers to his architecturally-themed works as landscape paintings, equating the powerful effects of the built environment on human experience to those of the natural world. He has said, "I think of myself as a landscape painter; I live in the city, so I paint the urban landscape."

Camberwell Flats by Night joins Guildhall Art Gallery’s unique collection of London pictures, and the work will be on display when Guildhall Art Gallery reopens in April 2022. David Hepher said: “I’m delighted that Camberwell Flats by Night is being exhibited at such a great space as Guildhall Art Gallery, and that it will contribute to our shared history of this city.”

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