Jock McFadyen's Bank Station (Triptych) - 1997

Jock McFadyen's Bank Station (Triptych) - 1997

Tube Painting Series

The ‘ability to find abstraction in the real, through observation, to reconcile the artificial and the actual, has come to be the peculiar hallmark of McFadyen’s painting. The Tube paintings transported him to a new depth in this journey’ – David Cohen, ‘Jock McFadyen: A Book About A Painter.’

Inscribed and dated to stretcher, oil on canvas in three parts | (Qty: 3) 183cm x 99cm (72in x 39in), 183cm x 151cm (72in x 59.5in), 183cm x 151cm (72in x 59.5in) | Literature: 'Jock McFadyen: A Book About A Painter,' David Cohen, Lund Humphries (Illustrated, pg. 72). | Sold for £7,500 incl premium


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Jock McFadyen commenced his series of Tube paintings in the late 1990s, signalling a move away from figurative work. The resulting scenes are intensely observed, as McFadyen condenses the details and geometrics of the grubby walls of this odd, passing-through place to an almost abstract vision. In Bank, we can identify the location by the flanking iconic tube station signage and also by the capturing of the curving walls of these underground tunnels, that keep such a bustling city connected. McFadyen wants us to know where we are, yet, across the expanse of three panels, his real interest seems to lie in paying such close attention to the peeling posters, damp ingress and patterning of white-washed brickwork that the central areas read as abstract painting.

McFadyen was born in Scotland, moving to London in his teens and training at the Chelsea College of Art. He has had a significant and successful career ever since, exhibiting extensively in the U.K. and abroad and being elected a Royal Academician in 2012. His work features in over forty public museum collections and the City Art Centre in Edinburgh is currently displaying a selection of work by him in ‘Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures,’ an exhibition to mark his 70th birthday.

We were delighted to present 'Bank Station (Triptych) - 1997' by Jock McFadyen in our January 2021 'Modern Scotland' private collection of Scottish art auction.



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A Private Collection of Scottish Art
Wednesday, 20th January 2021

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