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Posted by Gavin Lucas, 2 September 2008, 10:55    Permalink    Comments (10)

Westminster Bridge to Hungerford Bridge - by Tommy Penton

Since the Tate Modern opened in 2000, London's South bank has enjoyed a steady torrent of pedestrian traffic, especially at the weekend, as tourists and Londoners alike meander from London Bridge and the delights of Borough Market along the river all the way down to the Tate Britain, taking in several famous bridges and cultural institutions along the way. London-based illustrator Tommy Penton has immersed himself in the route from Tate Britain to Tate Modern, illustrating the view across the Thames every inch of the way and including in the scenes a cornucopia of colourful characters in his vibrant style.

Now his illustrated views have been brought together in a concertina-bound book, Tate to Tate, published by Jonathan Cape and an exhibition at London's Menier Chocolate Factory...

Handbound edition in slipcase

Penton is currently exhibiting the illustration work from the book, and some new paintings, until 13 September at the Menier Chocolate Factory and is also showcasing a handbound, concertina fold-out edition (shown here) limited to just 250 copies.

Handbound edition, concertina style

Handbound edition folded out

Tommy Penton's Tate To Tate exhibition runs until 13 September at the Menier Chocolate Factory gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU


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Tung TheJunction
2008-09-02 17:36:57

Inspirational work Tommy. Should definitely be on permanent display somewhere along the South Bank (Boris Johnson take note).
Claire Cessford
2008-09-11 12:32:48

Was very impressed and humbled by Tommy's work.
2008-09-11 13:08:05

Having first seen Tommy's work at his open studio day and being a fan since then I can safely this new piece of work is fantastic. It really should be on permanent display and is something every Londoner should see. Congratulations Tommy.
2008-09-11 13:45:35

This is a great piece of work. I loved the sense of scale, and cinematic motion. Ultimately though it's the playful nuance of the story telling that really gets you, drawing you in, and encouraging you to create with it.
Paul de Villiers
2008-09-11 13:47:07

I loved looking through this book, and if you're interested in getting a different perspective on London's architecture, I'm sure you will too. The illustrations are wonderful, alive and vibrant and the concertina format is charming. Hurry down to the exhibition at Menier's Chocolate Factory near Borough Market, as it's really worth seeing the prints from the book blown up large and in full color.

I took some photos at the exhibition's opening night - they're here if you want to get a glimpse of the work you'll see at the chocolate factory.
2008-09-11 15:59:02

Genius, sheer artistic genius.
Adam Kenworthy
2008-09-11 17:06:16

The book is fantastic and it's great to get to the show, walk around the room and appreciate all the little subplots and details as well!
2008-09-12 11:33:59

A fantastic concept and original idea - really well excecuted
Love the subplots and true representation of the tribes and characters that you're likely to see on the Southbank
The most important piece of Modern art you will see this year

Treat yourself to signed copy
Davy DMX
2008-09-14 16:26:37

BIG thank you to Everyone for Coming down on Wednesday .xxx
Thank you to all who helped take part and to those who took a part home with them !! thanks for all the kind comments ,feels good .
& Plus a thank you to Mr Gavin Lucas for sorting out the blog ,never thought it !! looks sooo..
cheers TP
Tommy P
2008-09-16 15:55:35

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