Kudos [Frank Pick]

Last year, I was one of five artists selected to put forward a proposal for a memorial to Frank Pick. The list of shortlisted artists consisted of Edward Allington, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Langlands & Bell, Simon Patterson and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre.

Rose Finn-Kelcey, an interesting installation artist and sculptor http://www.rosefinnkelcey.com/?page_id=73

Edward Allington, Head of Sculpture at the Slade, I like http://prod-images.exhibit-e.com/www_lissongallery_com/bd2e63c5.jpg

Langlands & Bell who were Turner Prize nominee in 2004 http://www.langlandsandbell.com/


“Kudos” is a visual diary that charts Frank Pick’s influence and collaboration with a wide range of artists, designers and architects, as well as colleagues from the DIA and LPTB, throughout his working life.

Names of artists appear with the most interesting work they produced that particular year, the programme of Underground extension is noticeable by the architect Charles Holden appearances and also the title of various posters, so you can detect patterns of friendships and mutual respect and the underlined purpose of promotion and improvement of the Underground Group/LPTB from different viewpoints. All these very talented people were purveying the vision of Lord Ashfield and Frank Pick.

The picture above is a close-up of the years 1917-26, as it reflects a crucial timing for Frank Pick as his talent and hard work were rewarded with him climbing the echelons within the organisation.
Also within that time, Albert Stanley becomes an MP, is knighted and is thenafter refered to as Lord Ashfield.

The colour code refers to the extensive research I undertook at the TfL Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, online with the Pick&Mix website and from anecdotes from various people with historical background.
The sources include predominantly, curator Oliver Green whom I met, the 1979 official biography by Christian barman, an excellent book by Michael T Saler and most wonderfully the daughter of Anthony Bull (personal secretary of Frank Pick), Lady Caroline Chichester Clark who shared some anecdotes relating to Sir and Lady Alec Valentine when we met.

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