The Grenfell Tower fire of June 14th 2017 took the lives of 72 people and devastated many more. The fire was avoidable and those 72 people should be with us today. In the aftermath of the fire, the Grenfell Foundation was set up at the request of survivors and bereaved families. It provides independent support to former residents, their families, dependents, and the local community by channelling funds to local projects. The foundation provides practical support to those directly affected by the fire and enables their voices to be heard so that Grenfell is kept in the public consciousness and its lessons are learned.
In January I put 6 small paintings up for auction to raise funds for the foundation and 5 of the 6 paintings sold, raising £600. 1 painting remains and anyone who wants to make a bid should contact me by messaging me through the contact page on this site. All proceeds will go to the foundation.
The paintings are all oil on canvas, measuring 40x40cm and take the formal structure of the tower as their framework. They are painted more or less loosely using opaque and semi-transparent colour to reference the diverse and overlapping relationships and interactions of the Grenfell residents. I hope the paintings achieve this and that they do so while retaining a respectful distance from the grief and pain of those directly affected by the fire.