Sculptor William Mitchell on his geometric relief works

Red granite, green metallised concrete, the green-blues of nickel and plenty of grey, grey, grey concrete – these are the colours of the enormous geometric relief sculptures that artist and sculptor William Mitchell– now in his 90s – made during the 1960s and 70s. Many of which are listed.

William’s imaginatively patterned creations appeared in Brutalist social housing projects, public parks, tunnels, private insurance offices, cathedrals, cinemas and much, much more. He had studied woods, metals and plastics at Portsmouth then the RCA, and having won an award to do a post-graduate year at the British School at Rome, he had also spent time in the office of Gio Ponti. I spotted – I think – his work (below) on a mooch around Whitechapel yonks ago and was bowled over by it. It prompted me to seek him out for a feature that was never published, so here it is now…

A wall I photographed in Whitechapel years ago, which is I think by William Mitchell though I’ve yet to find firm evidence of this online


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