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Finding Our Way: The Londoner’s Compass

SEEN’s long love affair with the capital city continues apace with the opening of Focus LDN’s new exhibition, on from the 19th – 23rd October at the Strand Gallery. Talented artist, tutor and curator Tom Cox has made bold choices in only his second outing.

SEEN’s long love affair with the capital city continues apace with the opening of Focus LDN’s new exhibition, on from the 19th – 23rd October at the Strand Gallery. Talented artist, tutor and curator Tom Cox has made bold choices in only his second outing.

In an era when so much art seems concerned with abstract emotional states, it is deeply refreshing to view works that have one thing in common: they are a focused response to living and working in London. From the purely figurative, to the abstract, to more ‘street’ based evocations, Focus LDN is sure to have something that strikes a chord with you, such is the breadth of Tom Cox’s vision.


Recognisable London landmarks, such as The Eye, Tower Bridge and the South Bank by Alexandra Sivov, rub up against vivid geometric abstractions by Clive Croft. Playful street art by self-taught Hasworld and futuristic collage AI embodiments by Jamie Twyman hint at the alienation that some experience in the capital. SEEN is particularly intrigued by Rosso’s surreal images, which combine mysterious elements of carnival and workaday wartime.

Above all, the artists whose work is represented here capture the essence of a city that is constantly reinventing itself, in all its breakneck hustle and bustle. As waves of gentrification roll out across London, it’s all too easy to forget what came before. Tom Cox’s own work is particularly concerned with this, as he paints buildings and moments of transition; the spaces in between the gleaming towers, a skateboarder in Brixton – blink and you’ll miss it. That is Focus LDN’s mission, perhaps, should they choose to accept it, to go on recording places, moments, people, and feelings for posterity, lest we forget.


5% of all profits from the exhibition will go to The Connection at St Margaret’s, a Westminster-based charity and the UK’s busiest homelessness day centre, which, amongst other vital services, supports service users to pursue their own artistic talent in a therapeutic setting, resulting in several yearly exhibitions.


The exhibition will be held at the Strand Gallery in the beating heart of the city, a short walk from iconic Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Pall Mall, Piccadilly, Theatreland, the Museums… SEEN could go on, but you take my point. Where better to recalibrate your own personal London Compass than by discovering vital new artistic interpretations of the city?

The Strand Gallery
32 John Adam Street

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