Battersea and Chelsea combined.
Being from Manchester, I had no idea how close Battersea Power station was to Chelsea Bridge. In my mind the two have very different images. One a clean, flash symbol of luxury life and the other with the daily grind of the power plant. True Battersea Power station was decommissioned in 1983 but it’s image is synonymous with industry and productivity. There may now be far more glamourous plans afoot for it but it was not always so.
I first saw a picture of Battersea on the Animals Album by Pink Floyd. An image of neglect but a symbol of everyday resiliance. It has intrigued me ever since. Natually it was high on my list of industrial buildings to paint. So when I knew I’d be heading nearby for the Affordable Art Fair, I armed myself with camera and set of.
As I say, the proximity to the “posh” end of town was surprising. It’s a lot cleaner than I was expecting too. But otherwise, it was worth the effort.
I’ve a confession with this one, I have shared it when I submitted it to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, they didn’t like it but that’s their opinion. You learn to take these rejections with a pince of salt after a while. It does not mean your work has less value, just that it doesn’t fit in with their narrow parameters.
Next week I shall be heading north with my next Work in Progress.