Artwork Spotlight: Fred Pollock

Our art and design programme aims to improve patients’ experiences in hospital environments, which can be seen as anxiety and stress-inducing. The artwork in our hospitals remains on permanent display, and we hope that our existing interventions at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital continue to promote healing and positivity for patients and staff.

Fred Pollock studied at Glasgow School of Art. Now working in London, Pollock showed at the Stockwell Depot in the 1970s. For over 25 years, the disused South London brewery know as Stockwell Depot, was managed as an artist studio and exhibition space. The collective space was recognised as a centre for abstract art in Britain.

Pollock’s work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Vanessa Devereux Gallery, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, in the Hayward Annual, and at a Serpentine Gallery Summer Show.

“My aim when I start a painting is to create a colour composition… The work must contain an illusion of the third dimension giving a sense of some colours projecting forward from the picture plane and others appearing to recede…”

– Fred Pollock

The artist and his wife visited earlier this year, along with the donor of his piece, Michael Burrell. Both were very complimentary of the work and its location in the Hospital, Pollock stating that “of all my works, this one has pleased me the most”.

The artwork is located at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Lower Ground Floor Corridor.