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RAINY NIGHT, 2014

Acrylic on Canvas

24" x 36"

One year after the stock market crash of October 1987 I withdrew a small specialist equity market-making operation from the London Stock Exchange and took a job as an economist in Cambridge.  It was a lonely time away from home during the week.  My first-floor office looked out to Regent Street, Cambridge below.  Though not literal, this painting evokes the atmosphere of those times: melancholy wet winter evenings in an almost deserted City Centre. The romantic figures lingering outside a restaurant are perhaps a source of envy. 

 

This street scene with one vanishing point was completed at the South Bank Arts' Centre, Bedford College. It reimagines a work by Afremov, a popular Russian-Israeli impressionistic artist who worked with palette knives and oils but uses acrylics and brushes to create an English rather than continental scene. I particularly enjoyed working on the reflections. Flying dabs of colour create a bokeh effect beloved by photographers. The ornate lamps are quite characteristic of the Bedford riverside.