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In pictures: incredible paintings of London's gritty estates

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Years before they started appearing in every hipster’s Instagram feed, the housing estates and tower blocks of London were being documented by artist David Hepher, who’s getting a survey at Flowers Gallery’s Kingsland Road space. His graffiti-scrawled paintings are total conundrums: too grubby to be #architectureporn, and too deadpan to be a commentary on urban deprivation. ‘Eyebrows have always been raised about why I paint them,’ admits Hepher. ‘But I just see them as an impressive part of the landscape. Ugly or beautiful doesn’t really come into it.’

'Moon Face', 1999. © David Hepher. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York.

 

'A Triptych for Mark', 1991-92. © David Hepher. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York.

'From Peckham to Athos', 1998. © David Hepher. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York.

'Camberwell Flats by Night', 1983 © David Hepher. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery London and New York.

'David Hepher: A Grain of Concrete' will be on display at Flowers Gallery from Mar 17 until May 13. 82 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DP. Hoxton Overground. Free.

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