Julian Bell | When The City Is Built

7 – 19 October 2019
Menier Gallery
51 Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU

The exhibition of paintings explores a narrative set in contemporary London. Five characters appear, pursuing their partly interlinked journeys through a single summer day in the metropolis. An elderly foreigner, newly arrived: his granddaughter, a childminder for an architect; the architect and her two sons, one a City intern, the other a toddler. The landscape-format oil paintings, all 20 inches high but varying in width, find divers artistic expression for divers aspects of contemporary urban life. The story that holds them together – one with emotional, political and spiritual resonances – is meant to be written not on the page but purely in the viewers’ mind.