Thursday, February 18th 2016
It was another sunny evening, so we left the bus in Bishopsgate and made a quick foray into Spitalfields, looking for new artworks. We went first the the Seven Stars car park in Brick Lane as there are often new things to see there. To tell the truth I was not overly impressed by the current offering though three paintings stood out from the others.
The first was this lively full-face portrait signed by Jay Caes. I have in fact already photographed this one on a previous visit. It’s obviously a survivor!
Next is another portrait but in a completely different style and mood. The fluid lines and bold use of colour identify this as the work of Mr Cenz.
It was the third one that excited me the most. By Fanakapan, it is a blue and silver representation of a set of objects, the whole drawn together by wispy trails of vapour emanating from the paint spray can. The filter-mask, the eye protectors and the headphones for listening to music might well be the accoutrements of the painter at work. Highlights glitter and a skilfully achieved metallic sheen predominates.
The artist is particularly known for his paintings of shiny silver inflated letters, though he does paint other subjects as well. I was particularly interested in the fact that this painting overlays a previous inflated-letter one by him. Does this indicate a new chapter in this artist’s work?
As we wandered, we caught sight of these two, what I suppose we should call installations. It was hard to get a good angle of view and I have no idea who made them.
Later, I was able to get closer to this one, though the angle still leaves something to be desired.
A different though equally pleasing aesthetic experience was provided by All Souls Church whose spire was catching the light of the sinking winter sun while the moon peeped over its shoulder.