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Westway Paintings

Stephen Carter

In 2002 on my way to the studio on the top deck of a 295 bus, I glance up from my newspaper to catch sight of the elevated road of the A40 Westway as we pass beneath. In this moment I recognise that I want to make work that refers to this aspect of my everyday urban experience. This moment marks the beginning of the Westway paintings that approach the possibility of representation of city living in a different way and via a more overt acknowledgement of the physical environment.  I was apt to downplay the change as being nothing more than a move of the head and a shift of vision.  The titles of these works typically reference where my standpoint would be and end by referencing the direction of the gaze (e.g. ‘Bramley Road East’).