Debbie Ayles writes: ‘London is made up of individuals whose unique identities combine to create a whole that is dynamic, diverse and captivating. Similarly, that is how I approach painting the architecture that has inspired me. I explore the multifaceted identity of modern architecture by looking at the impact of contemporary buildings on their surroundings and how they reflect and absorb them. I aim to create a new perception designed to awaken the imagination of the viewer. I deconstruct the environment, reduce it to the shapes and grids that hold it together. I include all the shadows, reflections, sunbursts, clouds, people and other passing objects, chance and accidental elements that have all contributed to the way the city looks at that moment in time. I see the patterns within the subject, and the spaces in between the architectural forms that keep the integrity of the structure together – much like how London’s individual identities join together to create something special. The reassembled architecture explores the relationship between the inside and outside of London; the face presented to the world and the life that thrives within, blending and blurring to create structural harmony. The result is a dynamic interplay of organic and geometric shapes that are at once figurative and abstract, as unique as the individuals who live and work in the city and who make it the incredible place it is.'