There is no code to be cracked in any of my work. Meanings may not be obvious, you may not get a joke, but nothing is really cryptic - I’m not interested in mystification.
Simon Patterson, Turner Prize 1996 nominee
Turner Prize 1996 artists: Simon Patterson
The Great Bear by Simon Patterson was exhibited in the Turner Prize 1996 and is a four colour offset lithograph mounted in an anodised aluminium frame. It is an altered version of the map of the London Underground created by Henry (Harry) C. Beck (1903-74) in 1931. Patterson replaced the names of the underground stations with the names of engineers, philosophers, explorers, planets, journalists, footballers, musicians, film actors, saints, Italian artists, sinologues (Chinese scholars), comedians and 'Louis' (French kings).