This evening sees the opening of Tom Hunter's Unheralded Stories exhibition at Purdy Hicks Gallery in London.
In this new series of photographs Tom Hunter continues his exploration of the local. Hunter continues to investigate the lives and histories of the people in his neighbourhood of Hackney, East London. He reconstructs stories, memories and myths to paint a psycho-geographical landscape. Such unheralded stories become immortalised in these photographic works, giving new meaning to how we interpret our environment. Taking inspiration from great tableaux painters such as Eugène Delacroix and Andrew Wyeth these stories are retold using the local people of Hackney and the landscape they inhabit. The art historical themes of epic storytelling and the human form are woven together by Hunter to create a portrayal of the human struggle with the modern day urban environment. Hunter continues the tradition of the great raconteurs taking it home to his local parks, streets and houses, giving his neighbourhood a sense of grandeur and the epic. This forms part of a twenty year endeavour to explore history, place and alternative ways of occupying the environment.
TOM HUNTER Unheralded Stories
25 November 2010 - 15 January 2011
Purdy Hicks Gallery
65 Hopton Street, Bankside
London SE1 9GZ