Author: Charlotte Bearn

The Art of the Tube: the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground

On 10th January 1863 the first London underground line, The Metropolitan opened. The iconic designs that evolved from the underground and the trains and stations themselves have proved a lasting inspiration for artists from its inception to the present day.

Here are some of the works we have at artrepublic that have been inspired by the London Underground.

The Art of the Tube: the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground | Image

The Art of the Tube: the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground | Image

Cyril Power was fascinated by the Underground, and he depicted various aspects: from stairs and cascading escalators to the technologically advanced curves of the tunnels and electrical signage announcing arrival of the trains. When Power was making his images the Underground was one of the most potent symbols of the new industrial age. His image of Bank Road Tube Station beautifully captures the movement of the train as well as Bank’s unique curved platform.

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Miroslav Sasek’s 1959 ‘This is London’ series show how iconic the tube continued to be and how the people on the tube many change over the years the basics of is design and atmosphere have remained the same.

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Printmaker Brad Faine uses a range of elements from the London Underground in his grid based work ‘Down the Tube’. The chequerboard squares each contain a London underground station, and each station is circled in the colour of the primary tube-line that runs through it, the circle contains image that is representative of the character, location, name or culture of that station. Text is layered over the grid with consecutive letters spelling an A-Z of London localities, and on top of this is a larger spiral of letters and numbers representing London postcodes.

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In 1931, Henry Charles Beck designed the London Underground map based around a series of simple, horizontal lines. The map was initially rejected for being too radical. However two years later it was accepted and its format has been imitated by subway, bus and transit companies around the globe. It has also proved an iconic image to be manipulated by artists. Simon Patterson’s work The Great Bear replaces the station names on the map with names of philosophers, engineers, footballers, saints, and comedians. Sean Sims used the style of the map to create The Brighton Line with iconic Brighton locations listed on a tube style map.

These are just a few of the works that have been inspired by the London underground and we are sure it will continue inspire artists for the next 150 years.

Studio stock

£48

6 x 10 cm

Dreams Can Come True

55 x 56.5cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Masterpiece Minus Art Print by Remi Rough
Exclusive

Masterpiece Minus

42 x 29.7cm

£190

42 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
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£200

60 x 60cm

Debbie Harry Rainbow Art Print by Veebee
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Veebee £160

£160

50 x 50cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
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£195

31 x 24cm

Pangolin - Medium Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
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Pangolin - Medium

40 x 40cm

£100

40 x 40cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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£135

50 x 70cm

Prince 2000 ZERO ZERO Art Print by Mike Edwards
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£150

50 x 50cm

Rebel Rebel Art Print by R-W Studio
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Rebel Rebel

50 x 50cm

£120

50 x 50cm

Choco POPek

15 x 12 x 6cm

£300

15 x 12 x 6cm

Pacific Grind

20.3 x 81cm

£200

20.3 x 81cm

Elvis Art Print by David Studwell
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Elvis

50 x 50cm

£175

50 x 50cm

Gorilla - Lilac Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

MK-Ultra I

19 x 19cm

£65

19 x 19cm

Northern Scum Art Print by Katrina Russell-Adams
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Northern Scum

29.7 x 42cm

£85

29.7 x 42cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Kate Moss - Glow Art Print by VeeBee
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VeeBee £285

Kate Moss - Glow

70 x 70 cm

£285

70 x 70 cm

£267

75 x 75cm

Humpek Purple Sculpture

12 x 6 x 12cm

£240

12 x 6 x 12cm

Fail Art Print by Babak Ganjei
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Fail

50 x 70cm

£135

50 x 70cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£165

45.72 x 60.96 cm

I Love Recycling

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

£850

55 x 56.5cm

Ben Eine £35

£35

15 x 15cm each

R2Heart2 - Copper Art Print by RYCA
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RYCA £150

R2Heart2 - Copper

50 x 70cm

£150

50 x 70cm

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