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Private View /// Blacks Club /// September 6th

I’ll be exhibiting a collection of works at Blacks Club in London’s Soho next month, with a private view on September 6th. Blacks is one of the longest established members clubs in London, so its an pleasure to be invited to show in their space.

The preview will be hosted by UNIT LONDON, so if you’d like attend please email rsvp@theunitldn.com to ensure your name is on the list.

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Exhibition /// Prints /// Interview

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PARALLAX is now into its final week at Unit London, so if you’ve not yet seen the show you have until June 17th.

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The latest print release is now available to pre-order. The online shop will be open in a week’s time, but you can order one sooner by emailing – shop@theunitldn.com.

  • Title – Parallax Portrait
  • Size – 66 x 66cm
  • Print type – Single colour hand pulled screenprint on 300gsm Somerset Velvet paper.
  • Edition size – 50
  • Price – £175

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I’ve completed a Q&A for 360 Magazine, so if you’d like to find out more about the latest exhibition and whats behind the paintings, just click the image below to read the full interview.

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Solo Show /// PARALLAX /// Unit London

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Tom French is proud to present a new exhibition of work – PARALLAX – at Unit London.
Parallax is the apparent displacement— or difference in the apparent position — of an object caused by a change in the position from which it is viewed, and in this exhibition Tom’s work explores the literal, metaphorical and metaphysical manifestations of perspective and visual perception. This new body of work is a natural evolution from Tom’s last series ‘Duality’, which used illusion and double images to explore similar concepts.

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Tom’s works are always driven by underlying narrative; a story can take on a myriad of different meanings when observed from different perspectives, just as an image is defined positionally, or even subjectively in the mind of a viewer; to paraphrase Lacan’s thesis “I am not simply the punctiform located at the point from which perspective is grasped. No doubt, in the depths of my eye, the picture is painted. The picture, certainly, is in my eye. But I, I am in the picture.”

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In these latest works, Tom presents snatches of figures, preserved in oils with photographic clarity, and suspended within the ambiguity of abstract forms and free-flowing brushwork, reflecting a psychological rather than material space. A synthesis of snapshots, a free-form chronophotography that substitutes shifting perspectives for motion, these fragments of characters are representative of the way we perceive, visually. When looking at a figure, we do not see it as a whole; our eye moves around, shifting focus onto various points of interest, building up a sensory collage from many images that are ordered and rationalised by the brain. Tom’s works chart that mental landscape, the permutational narratives of the visual cortex: the stories told at the shadowy junction of the conscious and unconscious mind.

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Catch Parallax at Unit London from 1 June – 17 June 2017

View the collection here.

PARALLAX – UNIT LONDON – Opens next week.

Its been a busy week here in the studio, and with the opening of PARALLAX less than a week away I’m somehow ahead of schedule. So with all of the work now stretched, varnished and away to the framers there’s no better time to share some images from the last few days –

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PARALLAX – UNIT LONDON – May 31 – June 17.

PARALLAX – SOLO SHOW – UNIT LONDON

My upcoming solo show PARALLAX opens on May 31st at UNIT LONDON. Everyone is welcome. Here’s a glimpse at how it’s shaping up, stay tuned for more…

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ALL GOOD THINGS

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ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and, after 10 amazing years, Very Nearly Almost Magazine is shutting up shop. Finishing on a high that has seen the front cover graced by some of the brightest stars of the contemporary art world, the team behind VNA have made the difficult decision to draw this chapter to a close with an exhibition and forthcoming book.
In celebration of the incredible people that have made the magazine what it is, VNA are presenting their 10th Anniversary group show with some of the team’s favourite featured artists. 50+ artists make up this hand-picked selection of the world’s top talent, showing in East London’s StolenSpace Gallery.

The exhibition is all up for grabs, and this painting of mine (Flux Portrait 3, oil on canvas, 70x70cm) will be one of those available.

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All artwork will be auctioned off on artFido and all proceeds from the auction sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bidding will begin at midday Thursday 27th April, closing at midnight on Sunday 30th April at: www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

New Work

This past couple of months I’ve been working on the new series of paintings – it’s far from finished, but here’s a little look at how some of them are shaping up –

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