23 March – 22 April 2022
Exhibition goes live at 10am on 23 March
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Peter Brown’s new exhibition records, in 55 oil paintings, London’s gradual return to vibrancy after the lockdowns.
‘London: The Return’ follows on from Brown’s 2021 exhibition ‘A Big Year’ which recorded the emptying of the streets of towns and cities during the pandemic and the extraordinary summer of 2020.
This new exhibition documents the point at which London’s pulse started to beat again. He concentrates on London’s eerily quiet West End and follows its return to teeming streets. The Ritz hotel, which remained open during two world wars, closed for the first time in its 113-year history during the lockdowns, and is the subject of one of Brown’s most compelling paintings.
As the return to normality started in the summer of 2021 and tourists began to flood the streets, and office workers returned to fill the pubs and restaurants, Brown looked on. Beating a path up and down the M4 from his home in Bath, he captured, in the fluid bravura of his paintings, the astounding transformation of our capital city and its vigorous bounce back.