An Islington update on the East London art group

‘Elder Street in Spitalfields’ © Marc Gooderham
© Marc Gooderham
Also on this page: two other Gooderham paintings of sights from Northeast London

IS THERE such a thing as an East London school of art? Certainly a social-media campaign has been working hard to persuade us, and an expensive book, From Bow to Biennale: Artists of the East London Group, was published in 2012.

Its author, David Buckman, has lately been busy organising a show of artists at the Millinery Works, among them Marc Gooderham.

Like a Leon Kossoff with his 1980s-and-later sketches of Dalston and Shoreditch, Gooderham usually ignores the more spectacular sights of NE London, focusing instead of the untidy corners and crannies that discombobulate the aesthetic ambitions of some of us.

He told Loving Dalston: “Continuing with my love of the City of London and its lesser-seen delights, I have been drawing on location, working in pastel and charcoal, a medium I’d always enjoyed and am now revisiting. 

“With these drawings I’ve tried to capture a heightened atmosphere with a little more intensity and darkness, as opposed to the still and calm of my larger canvas paintings, always maintaining the focus of light and shadow.

“One of the images featuring in the show is entitled ‘Elder Street in Spitalfields’, pictured at top. It will be the first time this piece is displayed and is in a sense a tribute to the historic neighbourhood that is Norton Folgate, which I have always felt holds an attractive melancholy.

“It is also where history was made in 1977,  when TV presenter Dan Cruickshank and his comrades saved the streets of the district by standing up against developers. 

Leon Kossoff: a Ridley Road building (now demolished © DA
Leon Kossoff: a Dalston Lane building near railway (now reshaped)

“My drawing now holds a different meaning for me: a feeling of sadness about the latest setback for the area’s supporters but also one of pride and resilience and a belief that Norton Folgate is again ready to fight on.”

David Altheer 310116

* New To Us, at the Millinery Works,  85-87 Southgate Road, Islington N1 3JS, to Sunday 28 February 2016, Tues-Sat 11am-6pm. Sunday noon-5pm

* Backstory: A canvas kind of Hackney street artBoris knocks down Spitalfields bidAnother City move on Shoreditch;  Secret hotel in Spitalfields; Demolish Dalston Lane, says Hackney council; A Hackney look at London Fields


© marc gooderham

* Photographs of Marc Gooderham artworks supplied by Gooderham (self-portrait at left). Leon Kossoff pix © David Altheer. Press this link for the East London Group of Artists

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