Part of a new collection by Neil Douglas, Council Blossoms portrays the beauty and decay of urban landscapes in the neighbourhoods of London, the artist’s home city of Bristol and Manchester. Douglas is attracted to areas whose histories remain evident through the deterioration and degradation. While these places have their own individual identities and distinct pasts, he prefers to draw from these landscapes the shared passing of time, as each generation of people, and of buildings, gives way to the next.
The painting technique involves stepping back and slowing the pace, providing time to analyse thoughts and consider one’s role within the chaos outside. Through the essential retention of as many original painting decisions as possible, Council Blossoms, by its very nature, becomes a documentation of time passing in the urban environment.
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1. Neil Douglas, Council Blossoms. Longlisted artist 2015.