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Before the Renovation

Liam O'Farrell re-visits Battersea Power Station to paint the iconic building before it's awaited renovation.

When Liam moved to London in 1988, he could see Battersea Power Station from the Portsmouth train coming into Waterloo. As he looked at it, someone told him that it was going to be renovated next year to give it a new life. He continues "Well, 23 years later, I was still hearing the same story. 'Next year all will change' and next year would arrive and still not a single digger or workman could be seen on the site. Nothing had changed. Finally, in the very year I left London to live in Somerset, we received news that it really was going to be renovated and that all the contracts were to be signed. It struck me then that I had never painted this wonderful structure in all my years living in the capital. I made it my business to do a painting of it prior to its renovation, before the proposed apartments pop up behind it and change the silhouette for good." Liam's watercolour, painted with affection for one of London's recognisable landmarks is now available to buy here. 

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