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The artist’s practice explores the juxtaposition of history and modernity in London – graveyards lie next to modern offices and aging churches stand in built-up areas. Downes often paints scenes from an aerial position, imagining the way the landscape would look when viewed from that angle. His work is a meeting of realism and imagination. This painting captures both the buzz of the city and the space and tranquility of the river at night.
acrylic, pen & ink on paper
H 73 x W 55 cm
purchased from the artist by G. Mogg, 2011