Basingstoke Revisited!

Looking out of a rain besprinkled window this afternoon, I would say we were very lucky with the weather yesterday in Basingstoke. The rain is now pouring heavily!

We wandered the streets and parks of Basingstoke in the hot sunshine. It was Sunday, but the town centre was abuzz with people, shopping, resting, strolling and taking refreshment.

We walked through the park of Eastrop, tracing the course of the old tired river of Loddon and finally came to countryside on the edge of the town.

There are many faces of Basingstoke and plenty to see, to experience and to record.

We settled, after our long circuitous walk, near the Anvil Concert Hall. I took out my sketchbook and fineliner pens and observed the scene.

The fortress-like walls of the shopping centre somehow fascinated me! (Did they have some symbolic significance?) The pedestrian bridge has a satisfying curve! The wide steps from the shops sweep down to the Anvil entrance. There shiny hand rails heavy and gleaming. All these structures came together to form an interesting assembly of modern urban shapes and spaces. Strong urban dominating forms, vaguely redolent of a scene from a J. G. Ballard story, further reinforced by the utilitarian concrete overpass above my head where we sat.



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My interests are broad, so my artwork tends to reflect that. As a boy I used to admire the artwork of the ‘comics’, especially the illustrations of Frank Bellamy in the ‘Eagle’. And, as a small boy, I can remember being struck by the exquisite line drawings in an old set of encyclopaedias. These encounters have clearly influenced my approach to artwork. I have always been fascinated by science fiction, mythology and legend. And, I have always had a strong desire to tell stories. So, naturally all these elements commonly emerge in the artwork I choose to do.

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