"photorealistic" oil paintings on canvas of underground environments and tunnels in and around
London by Justin Bailey
These paintings are from a series of seven I painted in this size and format. The first two were like prototypes and were not quite precise enough to be viewed as "photorealistic". These paintings reflected the more sober mood of the early 1990's and a more serious world. The hedonistic 1980's city banker boys had got cold feet in the new decade. The first Gulf war was starting and there was a recession bedding down and things seemed bleak, so these paintings were apposite to the uncertain winds in the air. Thatcher was out, but the Tories were still in with a strange grey man called Major who looked like an accountant and spoke like a dalek.
After these followed the tunnel paintings that were in the form of diptchs - or mirror tunnels. DUPLEX, AZIMUTH and YIN/YANG. I am more of an optimist than the other way, so these paintings developed into being more about creating an abstraction from photorealism using shape and form, rather than a psychological message conveyed by the paintings on this page which may give a sense of isolation and confinement, alienation and unsettling situations.