Born in Berlin, Peter Blodau was raised in Ireland by English-German parents, both of whom are also artists. Following his graduation in Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick school of Art in 1990, he returned to the cities of Berlin and Paris. The streets of these cities have become one of his primary subject matter. Always inspired by fresh experience, his studies span many international locations, for example Italy, Greece, London, Ireland, Cuba, and the United States.
Cairo urban environment is chaotic, dusty and dirty. Its architecture multi-layered, neglected and heterogeneous. Looking down from various vantage points on this sea of concrete and brick with barely a green tree to soften the outline I became fascinated by this somewhat dystopian urban landscape. The landscape of roofs with their own worlds of washing lines, rubbish, and satellite dishes added to the complex picture. The play of light on these hard geometric forms endlessly varying, yet always the same become another aspect I sought to capture. Using the medium of drawing I work in situ directly in front of the subject. This helps me express an immediate direct response to his subject. I seek to be become part of the surroundings thus allowing me to capture the atmosphere of my surroundings. Working fast I try to express changing light situations from the soft lights of morning to the harsh light of midday to the long shadows of the evening.
Title: “View from the 15th Floor”
Dimensions: 94 x 74cm