The Finch Gallery are displaying new paintings of both the familiar and the unexpected in and around London Fields by Hackney-based artist Stephen Harwood.
A faceless terrace; the abandoned site of industrial struggle. You’d never know by looking.
Painted in his distinctive style, Harwood’s works straddle real life and dream, pulling the viewer back to the sense of something missing.
These are places we walk past and ignore with the only sign of life the upper stories of a distant tower block. In another world you might find a green space, also unpeopled. And in the third of these worlds, left to our imagination, whatever it is that will replace these solitudes in days to come.
Peppered with messages, spelled-out calls to action, warnings, or secret codes, Harwood’s paintings are chillingly familiar, inviting us to think about the public spaces on our doorstep.
London Fields runs from 24 February until 19 March. The exhibition is free and no booking is required.