Lot 118 - Andrew Torr - NOX (LAT 51.4304 LON-0.1359)
Oil on Card
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
Andrew Torr lives and works in London. The recent subject and focus of his work are the city’s open spaces at night. He is currently represented by the Northcote Gallery. These little, life-size, paintings began as a response to the vast amount of nitrous oxide bottles we see littering the streets and parks recently.The bottles are painted with as few marks as possible. The white areas are usually bare, primed canvas. This seems fitting – nitrous induces a very quick high and the bottles are discarded without a thought - it makes sense that these paintings are executed quickly. The titles come from the latitude and longitude that the bottle was found. These numbers can be entered into smart phone mapping and they will reveal where the bottle was discarded. It would be possible to map the positions of all these paintings which will trace Torr’s own journey over the last few months. As with Torr’s discarded beer can paintings, these studies are concerned with furtive activity and unknowable stories in the city. Coincidentally, they also share the same problems of rendering shiny, reflective surfaces – a great exercise for a painter.