23/05/2023 - 17/06/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Rex Southwick - Topia

Mon-Sat: 10-7pm; Sun: 12-6pm

"Rex Southwick’s newest solo exhibition with Unit London takes its name from the Latin word “topia”, a word rooted in representations of landscape in which both natural and artificial features provide a sense of place.

Unlike its etymological siblings “utopia” and “dystopia”, “topia” describes a more direct representation of a place without connotation or embellishment. Inspired by this concept, Southwick’s Topia presents the familiarity of the well-known resort city, Palm Springs, in an objective, yet distinctive light. Topia presents a series of large-scale canvas works that explore the mid-century and desert modern architecture of the iconic location of Palm Springs.

The exhibition examines the city in relation to the continuously evolving desert landscape and the people who inhabit, build and maintain it. Two years in the making, Topia chronicles Southwick’s time in Palm Springs, depicting the push and pull between man-made and natural environments."


Mayfair 3 Hanover Square, W1S 1HD