The new exhibition in the Tate Library showcases the work of three artists from different generations who have captured the life and times of Brixton.
Benedict Flanagan’s paintings of everyday street scenes are celebrations of colour and light. Slightly impressionistic in character, his oil paintings, are often moments in time or fragments of places bathed in late afternoon or evening light which transform the mundane into something a little magical. Solid and confident, these are works with immediate charm and enduring interest.
Mark Flawn-Thomas’s work provides a contrasting vision. His delicate pen and ink scenes in blue and white are reminiscent of Delft tiles. The technique is demanding and skilful, and the results are a delight. His pastels are light and airy but reflect the colour and movement of Brixton.
The oldest artist of the three, Tony Eyton RA is approaching his centenary. He paints on a grand scale and his magnificent canvases capture Brixton’s everyday present and notable moments from its eventful past. There are just three works on show, but their skill and sweep will draw you in and keep your attention for a good while.
The show is free and runs until 30 August in The Tate Library, Windrush Square. Opening times are as follows: Monday 1pm – 8pm; Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 8pm; Wednesday and Friday 10am – 6pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 12 – 5pm.
Go and see it if you can.