Hamburg Relief
© Toby Paterson

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Hamburg Relief 2005
Paterson’s works do not deal with the specific. Much rather, they strive for a general approach to representing urban space by employing abstraction and the lack of detail. This is part of a group of works which centre on three cities which were severely damaged during the Second World War: Coventry, Rotterdam and Hamburg. Paterson is interested in the ideal, utopian nature of building designs and the gap that exists between the design and the actual building. In a similar vein, his works are simultaneously ‘realistic’ and clinically abstract.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4780
  • Medium Acrylic on perspex
  • Size 60.00 x 60.00 x 6.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with funds from the Cecil and Mary Gibson Bequest 2005