The Times, Tuesday 16 1996

A dream of ghostly buildings; Martin Kane's haunted landscapes receive a London show

Among the younger British painters (he is now in his mid-thirties), Martin Kane has one of the most instantly recognisable private worlds. The easiest shorthand to describe his new show is to say that the paintings look like classic surrealistic De Chirico without the overt fantasy. These strange, blind, empty-seeming buildings, despite their industrial overtones, come out of a dream rather than grainy reality. Often the pictures become almost abstract, so compulsive is Kane's playing with flat, featureless planes. Also, these seem to be cities of the dead; most of the pictures have no human characters at all. All the same, there is something compelling about these ghostly vistas. Also maybe a glimmering of hope; the tiny men are gradually getting bigger.

Beaux Arts, 22 Cork Street, W1 (0171-437-5799) until May 4
John Russell Taylor