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Close up of the power station
Close up showing the loose treatment of the construction site
Close up showing how the primer and underdrawing combine with a simple continuation of the sky to create glass fronted apartments

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Battersea Power Station

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Battersea Power Station Painting

Alan Perriman

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Wood

Size: 42 W x 24 H x 1 D in

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When I started research for this image, I was intending it to be part of my Japanese Poetry series. I was working from a poem that roughly translates as "I don't know about the people, but all the scarecrows were crooked" and I began with the observation that, from a distance, cranes look like scarecrows. When I settled on Battersea as the location, I mentally switched things round as the cranes were bird-like and cctv towers had arms and heads. I've long been alarmed by London's redevelopment and this seemed like a rich but tenuous metaphor. While I was making the painting, the hospitality scandal that enveloped the Westminster planning department emerged and the Malaysian government started looking at corruption within it's investment in the site. As the painting developed I became caught up in the site and it became a celebration of the power station, dynamism and perspective as much as it was a broader, poetic critique of one of London's major problems. I'm especially happy with how the glass fronted apartments on the right came out - when viewed from a distance they disappear into the sky, which I suspect is what the architect intended, but when viewed close up and combined with the exaggerated perspective, they crowd the power station and appear to be trying to push it into the river. This painting is made on thick MDF board which has been sealed and double primed with a primer that has retained broad brushstrokes, giving the whole painting an extra level of dynamism and life. Like all my paintings I have only used top quality oil paints which give rich and subtle colours and should last for many, many years. Because of the thickness of the board, this one is quite heavy. The painting is framed in a simple walnut veneer tray frame with a small shadow gap.

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Painting:Oil on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:42 W x 24 H x 1 D in

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Alan is an artist based in Surrey. From his studio in Staines-upon-Thames, he paints landscapes, investigates whatever catches his attention and is currently prototyping some top secret & beautiful things. He trained at Farnham and has shown in many open and group shows throughout London and the South East, has had one major solo show and has been artist in residence for a manor house in Buckinghamshire. His work is in many private collections. “A high proportion of my work is the local landscape. Initially this was nothing but a combination of convenience and a long term fascination with the depiction of space, but as I have dug deeper it has begun to act as a proxy for more personal ideas.”

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