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Canary Wharf from Blackwall Basin

Canary Wharf from
Blackwall Basin 

This is an original work in acrylics on canvas, taking a bold and dramatic view of the iconic One Canada Square.

 

Taylor has combined familiar elements from his oeuvre along with a dark palette, allowing him to play with flashes of neon light amidst a striking night riverscape. This evokes the constant electric buzz of London’s thriving financial district.

He captures a glimpse of Canary Wharf from a perspective soon to be obscured forever by new developments, preserving a skyline and watery reflections that are to be superseded by signs of rebirth and regeneration; a recurring theme in the artist’s studies.  

Mark Taylor The Collection: London 2023

This latest collection sees Taylor bring his signature painting style from the North East coast to the wharfs and waterways of London.

 

Working in acrylics, and now mixed-media, the artist studies the evolution of industrial life around the trading centres in and around Canary Wharf. Drawing visual parallels between his native North Shields Fish Quay and London’s Docklands, we view the changing skyline through ghosts of iconic maps and imagery.

 

Taylor's enduring interest in depicting working lives surrounding Britain’s quays and wharves, and how they influence the development of coastal infrastructure, culture and lifestyles, is evident throughout his body of work.

 

Whereas the Fish Quay of the artist’s native North Shields now houses bars and fashionable eateries rather than being the workplace of the region’s famous ‘Herring Girls’; London’s Canary Wharf is, today, one of the world’s most notable financial centres, no longer swarming with the fruit trade of the West India Dock Company.

 

Through his work, Taylor seeks to evoke echoes of the past through vivid depictions of present day London. 

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You can view Mark Taylor's London Collection from June 13th 2023, at the London Marriott Hotel Canary Wharf, when Taylor takes up his artist in residency.

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