Inspired by Holden

Palmers Green artist creates detailed images of four classic tube station buildings

Guy Jackson's digital recreation of Arnos Grove Station, one of four Charles Holden tube stations he has turned into artworks
Guy Jackson’s digital recreation of Arnos Grove Underground Station, one of four Charles Holden tube stations he has turned into artworks

Four classic modernist Piccadilly Line stations are being showcased in a new range of digital drawings created by an artist from Palmers Green.

Guy Jackson, inspired by Charles Holden’s Art Deco designs for the northward extension of the Piccadilly Line in the 1930s, has produced meticulous artworks based on sketches and photographs of the iconic station buildings.

Guy said: “Our local stations have such a rich history and form a fundamental part of so many people’s lives.

“The underground stations designed by Charles Holden along the Piccadilly Line extension are masterpieces of modernist architecture, each with its own distinctive design. I wanted to capture the essence of these icons, as well as the human life that flows in and around them.”

Using artist software Procreate and the Apple Pencil 2 on the iPad, each drawing takes Guy about 80 hours to complete, based on sketches and photographs. The drawing of Southgate Underground Station replicates a 1935 black-and-white photo, taken when the station opened.

Guy added: “The original photo was taken from the second floor of the building opposite, which is still there today. I had to work out exactly which window gave the correct angle and which flat it belonged to.

“Luckily the residents very kindly let me in to take my own pic!”

Cards and framed prints are in stock at Only Place for Pictures in Green Lanes, Palmers Green, while high-quality art prints and cards are available online:
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