In Search of Nordic Inspired Art after Lockdown

Art by Matthew Chessum

Ah, we’re always checking out the Nordic look in art, interior design and beauty wherever we go. And as London reopens after lockdown, where cooler than Nordic inspired art Unit Gallery in Mayfair.

This Viking-ish looking painting (above with its horns) by Chason Matthams probably isn’t quite there. But Unit London gallery in Mayfair is quick off the mark with champagne openings of new exhibitions by its roster of cool rising stars.

We jumped at the invite even though the opening was for South African artist Sthenjwa Luthuli’s show: Imfumbatho, a Zulu name for “birth secret”.

Multi cultured off Bond Street

It explores the notion of hidden talent and potential. From the moment we are born, we have a purpose or a destiny to fulfil.

Indeed, we can subscribe to that and to the idea that we can find inspiration in anything, regardless of nationality or culture.

Sthenjwa Luthuli’s show is rather lovely, if perhaps too colourful to be taken for Scandi art. But the eye catching and interesting images contrast perfectly with the neutral Nordic decor. The two complement each other.

When in London do pop round to Nordic inspired art Unit gallery in London’s Hanover Square. It’s handily near the shopping meccas of Bond Street and Regent Street. And the gallery itself is a frontrunner when it comes to witty, challenging and beautiful pieces of work.

Next door to the gallery is Vogue House, head quarters of the glossy fashion magazine. Vogue store has its own stunning display of international editions in the window.

Nordic inspired art Unit - Art by Sthenjwa Luthuli at Unit London gallery

One block away to the west is Bond Street with its designer boutiques and more high end galleries. Bond Street has a huge amount of top of the range pop art galleries – apart from the glossy Chanel and Prada stores. Regent Street is home to Burberry, Apple and Hamley’s iconic children’s toy store.

Many shops, galleries and hotels are still boarded up or under re-construction following lockdown, but it’s good to see the art and design scene kicking back to life.

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