If you need a pick-me-up when you next visit Hammersmith Hospital just look around you.
Four unusual and stimulating works of art by former Roxy Music member and David Bowie collaborator Brian Eno now brighten up otherwise blank walls.
The abstract works, which show the influence of expressionist Mark Rothko, are on display in the imaging department of the hospital in Du Cane Road, White City.
In total, 2,000 works of art by different artists are scattered across healthcare sites in London; the aim being to create a more welcoming, comfortable environment for visitors and patients.
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Brian Eno, who studied art before making music his primary career – releasing 25 albums of his own, and producing 43 others for the likes of U2 and Coldplay – explores light in the four Hammersmith Hospital works, with the colours altering as you move in front of them.
The hospital is in good company as an exhibition space. The 69-year-old Eno has recently had works displayed in New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Lucy Zacaria, Head of Arts at Imperial Health Charity, which manages the hospital art collection, said: “These striking prints are a fantastic addition and have a tremendous impact on patients and staff, creating a calming and welcoming environment.” She thanked gallery owner Paul Stolper for donating one of the prints.
The artwork forms the only hospital-based collection in the country given museum status by Arts Council England.
The collection includes art by David Mach, Henry Moore, Julian Opie, Chris Orr, Bridget Riley and Clare Woods.
A 2014 survey carried out found that 69 per cent of patients credited the art collection with making them feel more relaxed in hospital. Works also hang on the walls of Charing Cross, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye hospitals.
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