Oaklands Park Project

I began working in Oaklands Park House in November 2014 following a drawing workshop in Turner’s House in Twickenham. I wanted to continue my investigation into liminal spaces within a house. Gaston Bachelard’s observations on locations within a house in The Poetics of Space were very much in my mind. I wanted to capture something of how it feels to be in those spaces. My paintings are of the main staircase and window and the basement area – largely abandoned at the time of working down there. These are the paintings which have been inspired by the house:

The Safe Room Mixed media 1000x1200mm

Oakland Park Basement 1 final
Mixed media 1000x1200mm


Oaklands Basement 2 Oil on canvas 1000x1000mm

Oaklands Basement 2
Oil on canvas 1000x1000mm


Oaklands Basement 3  Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm

Oaklands Basement 3
Acrylic on canvas 1200x1000mm


Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas 1000x1000mm

Henty’s Stairs


Oaklands 4 Oil on canvas 400x800mm

Oaklands 4
Oil on canvas 400x800mm

These are two of the paintings in situ. Basement 3 hangs in the main entrance area to the house and is the first thing that you see on entering the house.

Basement 3, Oaklands Park House, hanging in entrance hall

Basement 3, Oaklands Park House, hanging in entrance hall


Time lapse video of starting the painting in the basement

Basement 3, Oaklands Park House, hanging in entrance hall

Basement 3, Oaklands Park House, hanging in entrance hall

This smaller painting was very much inspired by Basil Beattie’s work on doors and the Roman god Janus, who is the god of doorways and looks forward and behind. The basement space where I was drawing and painting has a doorway at each end of a dark corridor and I wanted to depict this in at least one of my paintings. Only today, Jim Macey, who works in Oaklands Park House, has shown me that in the core room of the house, behind the entrance hall where my painting Basement 3 now hangs, is a depiction of Janus in the decoration on the fireplace.

Basement 4 Oaklands Park House

Basement 4 Oaklands Park House


Basement 4 Oaklands Park House reflections

Basement 4 Oaklands Park House reflections


This final photo is taken via the mirrors in that core room, so that we are ourselves looking ahead and also behind us.

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