Conversation between our currently exhibiting artist Trevor Burgess and a London based artist, curator and educator Matthew Krishanu http://www.matthewkrishanu.com/.
About ‘In Deptford’, painting exhibtion by Trevor Burgess:
“I moved to Deptford over ten years ago to set up my studio here. When I was invited to do an exhibition at Deptford Does Art on Deptford High Street, it was a good opportunity to show paintings I have made of the local area.
My painting has always been strongly influenced by a sense of place. I think it is the case for most artists, that our immediate visual environment is reflected in the work. In my case, what I see around me is the starting point for my paintings. I am fascinated by the urban environment – people and places and the cultures that they express. So it is inevitable that I have made a number of paintings of what is going on around me on the streets, in the shops and in the public places that I walk through every day.
All the paintings have people and the life on the street at their heart. They invite the viewer to imagine the lives of the people who inhabit the paintings. It felt right for a show that is taking place in a small independent venue on the High Street that the exhibition includes pictures of the independent shops and market stalls of the street. These paintings are part of a much larger series of work, “The Market Paintings”, in which I have depicted market stalls, traders and shoppers in many different parts of the world. The initial impetus for this body of work came from London’s street markets, and the High Street in Deptford continues to inspire me to make new paintings.
People who have lived here longer than I have will have seen many changes in the High Street. The paintings depict some shops that have gone, as well as new developments of public spaces. At the centre of the exhibition are a series of four new paintings of the benches in Giffin Square.
In choosing the subject for a painting, I start with taking snapshot photos, which I reflect on in the studio and begin to isolate elements that are suggestive or visually compelling. The paintings are not tied to being topographical records. Through the process, I am responsive to what the painting demands, what it illuminates in my memories and experience. A finished picture has to be a revelation.”