‘Welcome to Esher’ (2006), 140 x 100 cm, Oil on Linen.2006
The title of this painting is ironic. It highlights the limits placed on freedom of movement by the presence of private roads and to the pervasive emphasis on private property in the affluent suburbs of Surrey. It depicts a path that leads to a private estate. A sign has been erected at the entrance that explicitly states ‘Notice, Private Property, Keep Out’. It is not permitted to walk dogs through the estate and so a male dog is shown urinating on the post of the sign to indicate his contempt for the message. Next to the path is a red brick block of expensive apartments enclosed by walls and spiked metal railings to deter intruders. To reinforce the idea of blocked pedestrian access a white and red plastic barrier of the type used by the construction company Murphy is superimposed across the image and serves as an abstract counterpoint to the representational character of the rest of the painting.
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