The Hobbit

  • Acrylic and plaster on canvas
  • 30 x 40 x 2 cm
  • NFS
  • Michelle Heron

'The Hobbit' is from a series of paintings depicting fast disappearing distinctive London shops. This particular one is of a newsagents on Wardour Street in Soho. The shop closed down in late 2011 and after being empty for six months, the modern sign was removed to reveal the original 1970s frontage in all of its handpainted glory.

Living and working in inner London I am noticing more and more the disappearance of London’s socially and historically important buildings. I began documenting the changes three years ago by photographing and then painting buildings that were very often neglected or about to disappear. In only those few years I have seen neighbourhoods change and lose much of their individuality and charm to modern development. Many shops have closed down and have been left boarded up or ‘old’ shops, still in business, have been re-modeled substituting their original signage with new bright shiny awnings.

  • Created: September 01, 2014
  • Reproductions: Available
 
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