Frank Laws shows another side to the Olympic city in London Bits at Orange Dot Gallery

By Ben Miller | 01 August 2012
An image of a  painting of a tall block of flats with dark red and orange brickwork
© Frank Laws
Exhibition: Frank Laws – London Bits, Orange Dot, London, until August 24 2012

A former V&A Illustration Award finalist and the subject of regular commissions from Louis Vuitton’s Paris base, Frank Laws’ views of London could be the spooky antithesis of the squeaky-clean Olympic city currently lit by a crush of lenses.

An image of a painting of a dimly-lit, tall block of red brick flats with lights in windows
© Frank Laws
Working in acrylic, the Central Saint Martins graduate takes inspiration from film noir and crime fiction – both of which he admits a fascination with – to create voyeuristic views of shadowy alleys and tightly packed blocks amid estates.

“I worked as a labourer for a year,” he reflects.

“It really made me appreciate architecture and domestic buildings. Also I like to place the viewer of the works in the position of the observer of those buildings and homes, almost as if they’re spying.”

Le Cool, his new set of stories from vantage points, undoubtedly puts the city in a grimier light than most of the images we’ve become accustomed to seeing this year. But transient reappraisals aside, it also seems like a truer and cooler street view.


More pictures:

An image of a painting of a dimly-lit, tall block of red brick flats with lights in windows
© Frank Laws
An image of a painting of a dimly-lit, tall block of red brick flats with lights in windows
© Frank Laws
An image of a painting of a dimly-lit urban top-floor flat with a balcony outside it
© Frank Laws
An image of a painting of a dimly-lit tall block of orange and red brick urban flats
© Frank Laws
An image of a painting of a dimly-lit urban top-floor flat with a balcony outside it
© Frank Laws
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