Saturday, 12 November 2011

Stuart Free 'Hornsey Road Baths'

Stuart Free paints warehouses and corner shops, high rise flats and theatres, cafes and all the scruffy paraphernalia of falling apart London (and Detroit). 

This is his most loved image, and his best: 

It's also a case study in how much of creativity is good editing. He's done at least six versions of this sign. None are bad, none are anything less than very good indeed. 

But all the others are preparatory sketches for this one. Here the neon lady looks like she's diving into an Esther Williams movie, the words have a stuttering echo and there's something like stardust on the old brick wall. 

On sale in Crouch End at Frameworks.

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