The Yellow Hose Painting by Tamara Tolley

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Painting: Acrylic, Watercolor, Ink, Ballpoint Pen, Paper on Paper.

This painting features a bird's eye view of the Sculpture Court from my corner flat in Frobisher Crescent, Barbican. These two gardeners - Luis (white haired and holding the hose) and Nico (mostly bald) have worked as gardeners on the Estate for most of their careers. I was amused by their wonderful rapport as Nico chatted to Luis thereby supporting him in the all important job of watering the plants in the Sculpture Court. The Spring blossom tree is in full bloom and my work, inspired as it is by the Brutalist landscape within which I live and work, seeks to evoke the vivid colour of concrete. My artwork challenges traditional, austere, monolithic representations of the Barbican seen so often in architectural drawings or Brutalist photography. Instead, my work explores the personal, familiar and subjective experience of a woman living, working and raising a family on the Barbican Estate in the City of London.
My process of using recycled and reversed palette papers in my work is an integral way in which I interpret the Barbican landscape in all its textures and colours. I incorporate an unconscious use of colours once applied consciously - the memory of different light on the same landscape - a palimpsest of previous endeavours carefully preserved in double-sided framing. These fragile and heavily encrusted palette papers are a way in which I show how the Barbican, despite its gigantic forms, also has intricacy - subtlety, fragility, delicacy and small details. This painting shows a small snippet of life in the Barbican - the yellow hose is a link between the building and the garden and a metaphor for the ritual of conversation, nature, work and life. In this way, this painting, like so many of my others, seeks to explore the way in which the individual can reclaim a personal and diverse space within an urban environment and establish individual creative rights within a city.



The Yellow Hose

Tamara Tolley

United Kingdom


Size: 10 W x 8 H x 0.1 in

This artwork is not for sale.