Aldgate East 1

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Jock McFadyen's painting shows a non-descript part of the platform at Aldgate East Underground station in London. The painting is constructed around the Underground logo, placed in the centre of the composition like a target. Above it is a 'no smoking' sign; below is a sign indicating the exit for the Whitechapel Art Gallery. To the right is a Tube map, which looks as if it has seen better days. To the left is a poster for an exhibition by Howard Hodgkin (including McFadyen's version of his painting) which was probably the exhibition held at the Hayward Gallery in 1996/1997. McFadyen's interest in the scruffier parts of cities is evident here. Although painted in the late 1990s, it is reminiscent of the grittiness of post-war British realism.

Government Art Collection



Aldgate East 1




oil on canvas


H 122 x W 152.5 cm

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purchased from the Kapil Jariwala Gallery, 1998

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