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A guest at Daniel Crews-Chubb's graduation show took great exception to his painting Tokyo, protesting it bore no resemblance to the city itself. Rather than taking offence, Crews-Chubb said he was satisfied he had the reaction he wanted.
The 26-year-old, who graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in June last year, said he deliberately steered clear of accurate depictions of the places he paints.
He said: "It all came from thinking about landscape painting and artists like Gauguin who would document his travels.
"I thought it would be interesting to turn that on its head and paint from places I hadn't been to."
Crews-Chubb has two of his large canvases, Venice and Leipzig hanging in Canada Place mall opposite Waitrose. His approach may be perverse but his work is not just about provoking his audience. He said: "It's a mental snapshot really. It's taking something that does exist and making it imaginary again.
"I base my work on preconceptions. I am incorporating all my western stereotypes."
To make his paintings, Crews-Chubb said he has to be very careful when selecting his sources and references.
Where possible he said he tries to avoid looking at too many images of the place he is painting and buys travel books specifically without pictures in.
He said: "The foundations are flimsy, it's painting from assumption really. The internet is one of my main tools, I love reading other people's travel blogs and dissecting them."
He said as well as incorporating stereotypes, his work also explored the metamorphosis of tradition and exhibiting his work in Canary Wharf, added another dimension.
He said: "I'm really interested in globalisation and the effect it has on local and regional cultures, particularly in the City."
Crews-Chubb said he is continuing to work on his epic landscape series, which consists of 18 pieces. He said: "I want to paint all 50 states."
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