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Painter captures east London scenes around 267 stations

Painter Ross Ashmore with his Underground Art collection Painter Ross Ashmore with his Underground Art collection

Saturday, February 15, 2014
7:00 AM

A series of paintings featuring all 267 stations on the London Underground will forever capture the scenes of the city.

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West Ham fans around Upton park stationWest Ham fans around Upton park station

Artist Ross Ashmore took three years to complete the monumental project which is now exhibited at Oxford House in Bethnal Green.

The works, called Underground Art, coincided neatly with the anniversary of the Tube which turned 150 last year.

Inspired after taking a photograph of football fans outside Holloway station, Ross tried to portray the moods of the capital, working from Zone 1 outwards.

He said: “The environment that they sit in is just as important as the subject matter. The paintings are street scenes with a station in them.”

Bethnal Green station, next to the Salmon and Ball pubBethnal Green station, next to the Salmon and Ball pub

The impasto style of the paintings evoke the energy and character of London’s varied neighbourhoods.

Ross said: “I wanted to create this frenetic energy and noise, then you would get into suburbia where there was nothing – that became the main challenge.”

The exhibition documents the city in a time of drastic change and development.

Ross said he wanted to create a moment to portray the stations in the present, and keep displaying the paintings for as long as possible.

The Recorder features in his paintings of East HamThe Recorder features in his paintings of East Ham

He said: “In that sense these works have a sense of significance.

“The impact which I am really pleased about is that the ordinary man in the street can find an interaction with them.

“People, who aren’t normally, are artistically inspired by the London Underground, the heritage and changes in architectural styles.”

Underground Art is on until February 28 and admission is free.

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