Flask Walk is a street in the Hampstead district of north-west London. It is one of the oldest streets in the whole neighbourhood, and the Victorian architecture can still be seen, especially in The Flask pub on the left of the picture. Some time ago I painted a very large commission of this street, and that is how I began to study it more closely.
I am very struck by the contrasting colours, and all the architecture and elements that make up this street. It doesn’t even look like London. It reminds me of a much smaller version of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. This time I decided to paint a different version, more symmetrical than the commission I show above.