Taking a break both from stone and metalwork as well as daylight, today I head underground at Embankment Tube station where in the passageways and on the platforms can be seen these enamel panels by leading abstract artist of the 1960s and 70s, Robyn Denny (1930-2014). These particular panels are found at the bottom of the stairs on platform 5 in ‘Pager’s Walk’ – rumoured to be a ghostly passage.
Denny was educated at St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal School of Art from where he graduated in 1957. The same year saw his first major solo exhibition. In 1959 Denny, being a popular modern artist, was commissioned by Austin Reed, the clothing company, to paint a mural on the side of the Regent Street store in front of which the Beatles did one of their first ever photo shoots. Many leading art institutions had purchased Denny’s work and the Tate acquired over 80 pieces of his work. In 1973 Denny was the youngest artist to be awarded a retrospective at the Tate. He undertook numerous public commissions including this one at Embankment in 1984, consisting of numerous vitreous enamel panels.
Having seen these works of art on the Underground I have decided to expand the scope of my blog to include any other interesting occasional public art finds that I come across both in London and elsewhere. There’s just so much art out there!!