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.
Detail from Estate Agent Paintings:
An edited selection of small painting experiments and studies for the housing series, made in 2014: