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Alexandra Blum

Art lovers will remember that SEEN loved Alexandra Blum’s liminal renderings of the transitory spaces in London’s East End, during a period of rebuilding. Her latest work is different in materials and scale but no less liminal, using watercolour to build up layers, and oils, the layers of which are sometimes removed, creating an urban landscape that teems with life, colour and movement, playing with perspective and telescoping moments into days - and vice versa.

Art lovers will remember that SEEN loved Alexandra Blum’s liminal renderings of the transitory spaces in London’s East End, during a period of rebuilding. Her latest work is different in materials and scale but no less liminal, using watercolour to build up layers, and oils, the layers of which are sometimes removed, creating an urban landscape that teems with life, colour and movement, playing with perspective and telescoping moments into days – and vice versa.

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Episodic Memory.

‘Them Seeing Me Seeing Them’ and ‘Temporal Observations XII’ are about Blum’s local area in Stoke Newington and were both painted from her flat window in Newington Green, close to her studio. ‘Episodic Memory’ is part of the series based on the area of the Thames near Rotherhithe. SEEN is fascinated by Blum’s vivid paintings, finding them thoughtful, meditative even. Others seem like a warning with their glowing, apocalyptic skies. The artist has captured the mercurial nature of London, distilling it for the viewer in this exquisite collection.

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Temporal Observations XII.
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Them Seeing Me Seeing Them.

www.alexblum.co.uk

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Fever-Tree’s Very Own Gin School 

London has always had an enthusiastic relationship with gin; right from the days when the water was undrinkable, gin has become the city’s tipple of choice. Imagine SEEN’s joy therefore, when we heard that this month, gin and tonic experts, Fever-Tree, is launching its very own Fever-Tree Gin School.

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Bufle: Launch of the Bubble-Waffle

SEEN has heard much of the phenomenon of the Asian Bubble-Waffle and thus was very keen to sample this Hong Kong import for herself. My guest and I found ourselves in a bright, buzzy bar/café with tables and plenty of counters and high stools. It’s in Rupert Street, between Soho and busy Leicester Square.

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Arthur Hooper’s Weekend Brunch

SEEN has been a huge fan of Arthur Hooper’s since their May opening. It’s handily located close to Borough Market (where much of their ingredients are sourced), so it is with great delight that we hear weekend brunches are now on the menu too.

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Adam Prince King’s New Single

SEEN has been enjoying the latest offering from London native and lyrical pop artist Adam Prince King, who has announced the release of his new single ‘Before The Sun Goes Down’. The single is the follow-up to his debut hit ‘Flamingos’, which went viral upon its release in 2016.

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Arclinea and B&B Italia at the London Design Festival 2017

SEEN keenly anticipates this year’s London Design Festival, taking place from 16th – 24th September. Not least because B&B Italia will launch their partnership with Arclinea high-end designer kitchens. The brand will also celebrate the UK debut of its 2017 collections, including the 20th anniversary edition of the iconic Charles seating system; all to be revealed with a new look for its B&B Italia London store on Brompton Road.