|Herox, 2011, David Piddock|
|Traffic Light Tree, 2008, David Piddock|
At first, casual, glance the immaculate, architectural precision and clear, uncluttered surfaces of David Piddock's paintings of London's riverscape seem to place his work very much within a tradition that stretches well back into the 18th-Century, as in the work of Canaletto and Samuel Scott's London views, for example. From there they extend all the way up to the photorealism of modern times, as seen in the U.K. today by the icy glitter of Ben Johnson's paintings of both historical and contemporary interiors, and townscapes; or Clive Head's complex perspective explorations of the London urban scene.
|Give Me Strength, David Piddock|
|Under the Bridge, David Piddock|
|Samson at Queenhithe, 2008, David Piddock|
|Critics seem to have agreed to disagree as to how to|
label Piddock's work. How about intriguing?
|London as it isn't and never was.|
|Greenwich Park, David Piddock|
|Art Sabotage, 2001, by David Piddock, based on|
an actual incident when a painting by Marcus
Harvey titled Myra was vandalized while on
display at the Royal Academy. Piddock's
painting freely mixes fact and fiction.