Whilst getting to grips with a new iPad I wanted to explore places I visited during the COVID-19 paintings but didn’t get around to during lockdown.
This re-exploration was sparked by a digital drawing I did for Edgelands Arts for a proposal they were working on. The drawing was of a pub called Hogarths, a rather splendid building on Westgate in Wakefield.
Westgate is a street in Wakefield notorious for it’s nighttime economy – lots of pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaways along a very short stretch of road through the city centre.
When walking during lockdown I would often venture onto the street as is was now eerily empty but never managed to paint it.
I was struck by the contrast in the buildings between the upper floor and the lower floor: The upper half showing architectural features that hint of a previous grandeur and the lower half dedicated almost entirely to advertising its modern function. I think I tweeted at the time I was fascinated by the mixture of ‘run down’ top half and ‘marketing’ below – a possible analogy for how I was feeling at the time whist getting to grips with the new technology.