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Nessie Ramm: Paintings of London

by Brian Thompson September 15, 2014

Nessie Ramm: Paintings of London

This exhibition ran at the Millinery Works 23rd September 2014 - 2nd November 2014: if you would like any more information on the art, and/ or the artist please contact us. 

Foreword

by the artist: Nessie Ramm

At a certain scale, a map of London looks quite grey, a daunting solid mass, a thick blanket dropped on the southeast. But zoom a little closer and first big holes appear: the parks, squares, farms,allotments, the river and its islands. Then, closer still, smaller ones materialise: churchyards, gardens, flower beds, verges, and hedgerows.

 

Sheep Grazing at Mudchute, oil on canvas on board, 25 x 28cm

Every Londoner knows the places, has their favourite. It’s what makes London so special; you can round a corner and see meadow flowers amongst the high-rises, hear birdsong while you wait for the bus, even walk past a flock of sheep on the way to the supermarket. Here in the city there is still the dogrose and the elderflower of the heady country spring. There is nectar for the bees (whose hives are on rooftops), willow requiring harvest and people who still know how to make hay. There are leeks growing and raspberries ripening and people who lovingly plant the seeds and tend the ground and look forward to the crop. Even when there’s not a leaf to be seen, in the most urban parts, or in the depth of winter, there is the light, the sky or an unexpected view connecting two parts of the city.

This is the true wonderful fabric of London, not at all a solid mass but woven with many holes in which to breathe, rest a while, cultivate something or simply catch the moment.

 

The Red Tree, oil on canvas on board, 24 x 20cm

Dusk at the Elephant, oil on linen canvas on board, 24 x 20cm

Chiswick Mall from the Eyot, oil on linen canvas on board, 28 x 50cm

Dog and the Royal Free (View from Parliament Hill), oil on linen canvas on board, 28 x 24cm 

Winter Dusk in London oil on linen canvas on board, 24x26cm




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