War and Peace

Wandering round Old Street the other day I came across these two paintings just by the Wesley House on City road. They have both been drawn onto old advertising poster boards and are partly covered over by the leaves and branches of a tree. To my mind they have all the hallmarks of Nathan Bowen’s style but don’t really contain any of his trademark figures. They seem to depict instead some nondescript soldiers who can only be made out on account of their green helmets. One drawing has the word ‘war’ written onto it in green and the other says ‘Peace’ written in pink.

What do you think?  For more Nathan Bowen see some of his work in a previous post of mine here in London Bridge and from Picturing England in Commercial Street here.

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