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Empty Streets: Noel Gibson's East London (1967-75)

Brick Lane, Whitechapel by Noel Gibson.

Exhibition preview

EMPTY Streets: Noel Gibson’s East London (1967-75) will be on display at the Nunnery Gallery from August 1 to September 21, 2014.

This exhibition of works by Noel Gibson (1928 – 2005) continues the Nunnery Gallery’s Year of the Painting, a series of shows re-interpreting the role of the East London painter, exploring notions of memory, place and home.

Born in Glasgow in 1928, Gibson was a classic Londoner with an upbringing outside London and a social life and a lifestyle that mirrors the variety of life one could enjoy in the mid-twentieth century metropolis.

Gibson had several careers, or paid jobs, which facilitated his passion for painting. Unlike many artists, he also found some notable success in his lifetime with his work being sold internationally in the United States, Italy and in his adopted home London.

Gibson was an Everyman, exemplifying the new generation of post-war artists, obsessively recording the streets around them. Notably, Gibson’s paintings are almost entirely unpopulated. Standing amongst his large empty streets gives the viewer a sense of the peace of an early morning street before the crowds descend.

Bow Arts is grateful to have worked closely with Gary Haines and the Tower Hamlets Library and Archive service to curate this exhibition.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ