In stark contrast to his rural upbringing, Michael Cox’s paintings of social housing capture some of London’s most famous estates as they face the prospect of demolition. Playing on what he perceives to be the transient nature of architecture, Michael’s latest work has seen him visit Robin Hood Gardens and the Aylesbury estate.
Eerily reflective of the controversial housing bill currently passing through parliament, Michael’s compositions allude to a theatrical setting, the content of the paintings appear delicately placed like fragile props on a stage. “I’ve been brought up in the country so have little idea of what council house living is really like, says Michael. "I deliberately approach the subject as an outsider. All of the paintings are of facades or feature walls and windows, metaphors for the fact that I have no part in this way of life.”
On the topic of architectural vulnerability within his work, Michael says, “There’s a feeling of suspense that something may happen or something has just happened. Buildings rise and fall all the time.”
Citing Hurvin Anderson and George Shaw amongst his influences, Michael plans to complete his Fine Art degree at Falmouth School of Art this Summer.