When flying into London at night the city seen from an aeroplane window seems to sparkle and is a beautiful sight to behold — light pollution concerns aside. Jenny Pockley is an artist who recreates this effect in her large scale paintings, with London and New York as her muses.
By imbuing her works with a sense of vibrancy she brings the cities to life with the added effect of blurring and haziness you’d expect when gazing upon a sea of lights. Yet famous landmarks such as the dome and the Chrysler building are still easy to spot, and often accentuated such as a ghostly St. Paul’s that appears to hover above the City.
This shimmering effect coupled with a coloured tincture to each work gives her paintings an almost cinematic quality. The blue tinted New York skyline could easily be part of a gothic movie set while the orange Westminster feels like a modern day tribute to Monet.
Also of note is the island of Manhattan that appears to have floated away into the clouds as it’s surrounded by a sea of fog.
Pockley’s work has plenty of popular appeal but the full subtlety of her works is more evident when viewed close up. Her ability to focus on two cities yet represent them in multiple ways highlights both her artistic talent and her inventiveness.
Jenny Pockley: Icons and Vistas – London and New York is on display at Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, 15-16 Brook’s Mews, W1K 4DS until 28 July. Entrance is free.