Nightlife Art In the City: Darker than the Cityscapes series and the presence of the figure further dominates.
Visiting Night Clubs is not the only thing to do in the dark. 1930s and 40s American and, latterly, British movies often depicted the clubs only as venues for the trendy and upper classes. The culture differences on either side of The Pond favoured the American scene as something to aspire to, which was actually more attainable for Americans in their environment.
The early British club scene also appeared to be portrayed also only for the rich, rife with emigres and even spies. Later, the British scene appeared not only dark but also seedy – a Neon light down a dirty alley and cramped interiors featuring some past-their-best working girls.
The American scene always appeared brighter and more expansive, exuding glamour and giving more scope to the imagination with the the larger than life characters including the slick gangsters, their molls and their victims.
It is hardly surprising, then, that American Glitz has such a profound effect on Doug’s work. Hooray for Hollywood, Carry on Pinewood.