Cromer artist to display work on London underground

Scenes of Cromer and north Norfolk are soon to be greeting commuters as they make their way on the London underground.

Samuel Thomas, 23, from Cromer, has been selected to showcase his work along the route, as part of the Art Below project.

Art Below uses billboard space in underground stations to display artworks in London and overseas, and a public gallery has now been established in the London underground, where selected artists are invited to display their work at any underground station of their choice, in periods of two weeks.

Mr Thomas, who has created dozens of pictures depicting scenes in and around Cromer, including the pier and the tourist information centre, is one of those selected to put his work up, meaning commuters are set to be greeted by Cromer's seas as they make their way around Britain's capital city.

The artist was given the opportunity to display his work after applying to Art Below via an advertisement in the paper.

He said: 'They were really interested and said they thought my artwork would work really well as it is quite bright and they wanted bright pieces.'

Sometime between October 25 and 27, a floor to ceiling advertisement of his work, Sunburst over Breakwater, which is based on the breakwater at Cromer, will be put up at the Angel underground tube station on the northern line, in Islington.

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It will be displayed on platform two, northbound, at the middle of the platform on a 3ft by 5 ft floor to ceiling poster.

Mr Thomas, who takes influence from art deco and graphic styles, said: 'It means the work should be seen by around 38,000 people a week. I am really excited about having this opportunity, it means there is going to be a complete new crowd of people who are going to see my work.'

The young artist, who studied art at school and college and went to Leeds University to do graphic design but left after a year to pursue an interest in more traditional painting, has already started making his work on the art world, holding a solo exhibition of his work, which included a surfboard from Cromer beach transformed into a retro wall item, at the Forum at the beginning of August.

He now also a regular exhibitor at Doric Art Gallery in Holt and is taking part in the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival, an arts festival which is running at venues from Salthouse to Overstrand from October 23-31.

He has also featured a nation-wide selling book, East Anglian Artists Places, which is released this month.

His next challenge, which he is already hard at work with, is his next series of paintings which will be depicting national and international iconic landmarks, such as London, Paris and New York.