"In the latter part of 2019 when Miranda suggested the idea of an exhibition of London paintings, the timing could not have been better – in fact it was music to my ears. By coincidence I had already been working on some paintings of the River Thames, and as I completed each one, the impetus to produce more was growing. Painting London again after having left there more than twenty years ago has been a voyage of rediscovery for me; old haunts that seemed to have changed very little, and others that are now unrecognisable. But bringing back that sense of place has been very important in producing these paintings – without that feeling and those memories, they would be meaningless. In the midst of producing this body of work, Coronavirus arrived and not surprisingly, this had a strong effect on my attitude to how I was approaching my London subjects. Some of the paintings such as that of Oxford Circus and ‘West End Girls’ were completed before lockdown. But as time progressed, and I began to acclimatise to this situation, my work started to show my feelings about the effect that lockdown was having on me and no doubt us all. As an artist, I am used to being in isolation, but seeing the empty streets of London over such a long period of time has left a strong impression of a city in lockdown and in particular, how the world suddenly looked without a blanket of pollution." Paul Robinson
Paul was born in Penrith, Cumbria in 1959 and studied Fine Art at Carlisle College of Art. After moving to London he became a successful illustrator working for many well-known publications. The artist's move from London to Norfolk in 1999 saw a dramatic change in his work as he discovered a whole new world of country towns, green hillsides, stormy seas and lots of space, a complete contrast to the cityscapes of London. His style is instantly recognisable and his paintings are becoming more and more collectable.
Lily and Norman are happy to be, flying their kite next to the sea