Over a period of five years I created a body of work in response to the housing crisis in London. The paintings were initially inspired by adverts in estate agents windows, grim looking bedsits and rooms advertised for eye watering prices, a series of these paintings on paper were later exhibited in a shop window in Kentish Town in a mock estate agent display for The Spirit House exhibition.

The body of work developed to explore many aspects of the housing crisis, the lack of social housing and the dismantling of council owned housing estates, housing benefit claimants being banned from renting privately, rogue landlords overcharging for sub-standard housing, multi-occupancy in small properties, bedrooms in cupboards! Separate entrances or ‘Poor Doors’ for tenants renting or purchasing ‘affordable homes’ in new housing developments, foreign investment and properties left unoccupied to become derelict in the most expensive postcodes.

'Stunning Two Bedroom Apartment' oil on bedsheet stretched over wood. 120 x 100cms 2015

'Stunning Two Bedroom Apartment' oil on bedsheet stretched over wood. 120 x 100cms 2015

'No DSS' oil on canvas, 120 x 100cms 2013

'No DSS' oil on canvas, 120 x 100cms 2013

Estate Agent Paintings on display at Spirit house exhibition, London NW5. oil on paper 2017

Estate Agent Paintings on display at Spirit house exhibition, London NW5. oil on paper 2017

'Studio Flat in Kings Cross' oil on board. 65 x 40cms 2016

'Studio Flat in Kings Cross' oil on board. 65 x 40cms 2016

Detail from Estate Agent Paintings:

An edited selection of small painting experiments and studies for the housing series, made in 2014: