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Tommy Penton’s Tate to Tate at Menier Gallery

Tommy Penton has brought his panorama of the riverside walk between Tate Britain and Tate Modern to the Menier Gallery in Southwark Street.

Tommy Penton in front of the Bankside section of h
Tommy Penton in front of the Bankside section of his Tate to Tate panorama

Tate to Tate appeared last May as a concertina bound book featuring a group of people walking downstream along the riverside from the Albert Embankment to Tate Modern.

The diverse figures are seen against the river so most of the buildings featured are on the north bank although Shakespeare's Globe manages an appearance on the last page.

The delight of the exhibition is that the drawings have been blown up so that the river can be followed round the gallery. Included in the crowd are real people such as a bookseller under Waterloo Bridge and a street trader on the Millennium Bridge. Careful inspection of this larger version reveals Gilbert and George and even David Beckham on the South Bank.

Tommy Penton is an illustrator whose work is seen on magazine and CD covers. He decorated one of the giant guitars displayed at More London last summer.

This project began with Tommy Penton drawing the London Eye and eventually he finding himself walking north and south along the river. He is hoping the strip might have a place in the Cultural Olympiad on the South Bank.

Personally made limited editions of the book are available from the gallery along with copies of the paperback.

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