The painting, “Boateng’s Wall” is quite something; a beautifully painted street corner in Mayfair. However, it is the un-nerving sight of strong black and white spray-paint on the same Mayfair street that takes this painting into a different realm.
Spray-paint drips down this pristine wall, right under the well-known Saville Row street sign. Harman uses traditional impressionistic brush-strokes to describe the grand buildings of Mayfair. This is in contrast with Harman’s wall which is loosely painted and urbanised with spray-paint.
Harman takes great pride in defacing these elegant walls. Afterall, by beautifully painting these Mayfair streets, he makes them his own. He sprays the stone-work with speckles of paint, projecting images of celebrity on the walls, reflecting the fame of this prestigious London area.
Tagging the images effectively renders the walls as Harman’s. It is his choice whose images grace these sophisticated walls. He reclaims Mayfair for us, the viewers, taking it down a notch or two, turning it into the ultimate urban mirror.
Boateng’s Wall is available to buy at Harman’s Gallery.