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Marie Lenclos
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70 x 90 cm (75 x 95 cm framed)
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Another Quiet Day is an urban landscape of a street I see every day, near my home and studio in Loughborough Junction, South London. The street view is dominated by three railway bridges crossing overhead and another one in the distance. My studio is situated in one of the railway arches and just visible on the painting's right, where an arched window is pictured. On my walks around this neighbourhood, I enjoy noticing how the light plays with the architecture lines, creating deep shadows and adding to the overall geometry. I also relish the contrast between the brutal architecture of these steel structures and the life I know is happening under the arches: the garages, the artists, the beer breweries, the car washes.

Another Quiet Day was painted during lockdown in January 2021. This painting belongs to a stream of work I have been developing since 2018, where urban landscapes show the interplay between the hard lines of architecture and the momentary light, shades and colours happening in a given moment. A collector once remarked about my series of urban landscapes that "the absence of figures evokes complex feelings - as if we are aware of something that has just happened, or is just about to happen". This comment was made in 2019 before any of us could imagine the world would change so dramatically due to Covid 19. This painting, which concentrates on the permanence of the built environment instead of the people and cars that interact with it daily, obviously takes on a different meaning today. We have now all experienced these empty streetscapes, their eery quality, their silent beauty, their stillness of being. However, this painting is not a reflection of the isolation caused by the lockdown. It merely celebrates what is there, at all times, and which we do not always see in our daily activities: the interplay of light and shadows with the architecture, the perspectives of roads, the promise of what is coming next.

Marie Lenclos

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