Residencies 1992-2014 > Universal Building Society 2003.The Office, Southerly Gale.
Universal Building Society 2003.The Office, Southerly Gale.
2003, Oil on canvas
157 x 91 cm

Main office with stormy weather brewing up over Newcastle out of the window. Wind curls in through open windows. A crow sits in the tree outside. Office workers look at drawings on their screens and discuss art i huddled groups. I have inserted a new building onto the skyline. All is not as it seems at head office. I felt Newcastle lacked any significant sky scraper worthy of its name as capital city of the North East of England so I put in a golden tower block next to the Norman castle. I really enjoyed using painting to be subtly subversive and felt that these paintings were a new departure for me both stylistically and in terms of story telling. The ideas came to me as I painted. I wanted to make a kind of wide screen epic out of the humdrum daily grind of the office. 0
©2004 Tom McElderry