Here is my entry for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015, now open.
"Dalston: Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs" by John Close. Charcoal on paper, 125cm x 155cm, 2015.
"My inspiration is the Parthenon Metopes at the British Museum, based on a Greek mythological conflict of cultures. This version is in Dalston, my place of birth in the London Borough of Hackney. The process of gentrification has put a new, affluent class amongst struggling local communities- perhaps varying forces have pushed this area of London into it's own battle of tribes.
I wanted to use drawing to show fighting, as it is experienced in inner city life; the sporadic street violence and pathetic brawling where there is never any triumph of good over bad, no heroic valour, only desperate people trapped in an internecine cycle."