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David Hepher (born Surrey,[1] England, 1935[2]) is a British artist,[2] best known for his paintings of buildings,[3] especially tower blocks, including the Aylesbury Estate:

David Hepher
ResidenceCamberwell Grove, London, England
EducationCamberwell School of Art

The Aylesbury Estate is... the remarkable leitmotif of [his] work as a painter… the Aylesbury is to Hepher what the Stour valley was to Constable or the Medway to Turner.[4]

Early lifeEdit

David Hepher was born in Surrey. He studied at Camberwell School of Art[5] and then at Slade School of Art.[1]

He later became a Senior lecturer in painting at Chelsea School of Art from 1981 to 1990. Since 2001 he became a professor and head of undergraduate painting at Slade School of Fine Art.

He bought a house in Camberwell Grove, England, in 1961 and has lived there ever since.[6]


His work lies in between conceptual and traditional.

His work has been exhibited in the Serpentine Gallery, Flowers Gallery, Mappin Art Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Ikon Gallery and Tate Britain,.[7]

He is featured in the two parts BBC Four documentary: "Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry", where he was interviewed by Jonathan Meades.[8]


Arts Council Collection
Arrangement in Turquoise and Cream 1 1979 - 1981
Five Working Drawings 1979-81
Study for 'Arrangement in Turquoise and Cream 1981
British Arts Council
Study, 1993
Number, 1972
Bradford Museum and Art Gallery
Windows of No. 19
Museum Boymans-van Beuningen
The Windows of Number 22
Museum of London
Camberwell Flats, (by day), 1983
Camberwell Nocturne, 1984
Tate Gallery
Albany Flats, 1972
Victoria and Albert Museum
Camberwell Flats, 1984


Exhibition Catalogues

  • David Hepher: The Windows of the Brandon Estate - An Elegy to Tall Buildings [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers East 1999] London.
  • David Hepher [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers East 2002] London.
  • David Hepher [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers East 2008] London.


  • Lucie-Smith, E. (1996) David Hepher. Momentum, London.


  1. ^ a b "Art Collection". British Council. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "David Hepher". Artnet. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  3. ^ "David Hepher". Architects Journal. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  4. ^ Paul Barker, Estate of the nation , The i, 1 February 2012
  5. ^ "Transpontine: David Hepher's beautiful tower blocks". Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Camberwell Grove". The Secret History of Our Streets. Series 1. Episode 2. 13 June 2012. BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Albany Flats by David Hepher". Tate Collection. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry". Retrieved 26 February 2014.

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