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Barkers of Kensington

On Kensington High Street, in London, there used to be a large department store known as Barkers of Kensington. The building was (and still is) an impressive example of Art Deco architecture. A long, curved overhang shelters the ground floor, where there are smart clothing shops. These form the backdrop to my latest painting, Kensington Shoppers. It’s a sunny afternoon, but the overhang I just mentioned keeps the shopfronts in shadow. Conversely, the other side of the High Street looks almost washed-out in blinding sunlight.

I should add that the Banana Republic shop no longer exists. I kept its sign because it brings back memories of a beautiful Banana Republic store I once saw in South Beach, Miami. (Also an Art Deco building.)

Composing the painting

Anyway, I liked the look of the long, arcing frontage of the building, and the overhang with its hanging shop signs. These were the features that originally attracted my interest.

As I worked on the composition, however, the central figure came to dominate my thinking.

In real life, the lady wore a dark blue coat, but I changed its colour for a more striking effect. There’s already a lot of blue in the painting and I wanted a different colour note. People who know me may be surprised that I didn’t make the coat red, the colour I love best. But there are little touches of red dotted around, and so I picked green because it’s about the only colour I didn’t use elsewhere. I feel my idea worked – I’m convinced the coat stands out much better that way. In fact, I was tempted to call the painting Green Coat instead of Kensington Shoppers.

Would you like to buy this painting?

This original watercolour painting is available for sale, unframed. Terms and Conditions apply.


The size is 8.5 x 11.8 inches, or 21.5 x 30 centimetres.


The materials are Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours on Daler & Rowney 140lb (300gsm) Langton Prestige Cold Pressed (Not) watercolour paper, which is a professional-quality paper.


The price is UK £75.00.

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I’m prepared to sell this painting not just to buyers in the UK, but also to residents of the following countries*: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.

There’s no extra charge for shipping (postage and packing), but remember, the painting will be unframed. It’s up to you as the buyer to get it framed the way you want it.

*To the best of my knowledge, none of these countries will charge import duty on the painting.


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