A selection of artworks informed by vintage celestial maps and charts. See also the Cygnus Suite page
Celestial Creatures of the City
Screen print 70 x 50 cms
Designed exclusively for Woolwich print Fair Editions, available to purchase here
I was asked by Woolwich print fair to design a print for their Editions, after applying to take part in the 2019 fair. The print is a combination of the 2 digital prints, North Circular Celestial Menagerie, and South Circular Celestial menagerie, (below) showing the ‘North’ and ‘South’ views of the celestial skies, incorporating myths and legends of London animals.
The North Circular Celestial menagerie/The South Circular Celestial Menagerie
Archival print on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm, 40 x 50 cms
These prints feature animal myths and legends of London in celestial style maps of the skies. ‘Constellations’ featured include ‘Cetus’ (Sea Monster) – the River Thames Whale; ‘Lynx’ – The Beast of Barnet; ‘Canes Venatici’ (The Hunting Dogs) – Fenton the YouTube star who chased deer through Richmond Park; ‘Cameleopardalis’ (Giraffe)- The Walworth Giraffes, among 16 altogether. (see below for individual prints of the constellations).
Available to purchase on Garudio Studiage shop here.
High quality archival digital print on Somerset velvet radiant white paper 225gsm, 42 x 50 cos
Limited edition of 50.
Based on antique celestial maps of star constellations and the myths that go with them, the idea behind this print is imagining a world in years to come, where all the animals depicted have died out and all future generations will have is some vague myths and stories about these unimaginable animals.
High quality digital print on Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190gsm paper, 420 x 297 mm
16 individual prints featuring animal myths and legends of London as star constellations. The 16 images can be displayed together, as below, to create a single wall art feature.
The ghost image of the River Thames in the background of many of the images links them all together (inspired by how the milky way is often depicted in antique star constellation prints)
1) Cygnus and Vulpecula (Swan and Fox), featuring the queens swans and the fox who climbed the shard
2) Ursa Major (The Great Bear), featuring the bear that was spotted on Hackney Marshes in the 1980s
3) Lynx, featuring The Beast of Barnet, a lynx that was discovered in a Cricklewood garden in 2001
4) Cameleopardalis (Giraffe), featuring the giraffes of Surrey Zoo, one of London’s first zoos, once in Walworth
5) Pegasus and Equuleus (Pegasus and the Little Horse), featuring Billie the white horse from the 1973 FA cup final, and the Little Turkey Horse, only 2 ft tall, viewed by permission of the queen in the 1700s
6) Canes Venatici (Hunting Dog), featuring Fenton the dog, who chased deer through Richmond Park, becoming a YouTube star in 2011
7) Leo and Leo Minor (Lion and Little Lion), featuring the lions once kept in the Tower of London, and Christian the lion cub, bought from Harrods pet department
8) Aries (Ram), featuring the wild hogs thought to live in Hampstead sewers (kind of ram like?!)
9) Corvus (Crow), featuring the ravens that live in the Tower of London
10) Monocerous and Canis minor (Unicorn and small dog), featuring the rhinos of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries London and The New Chien Savant, a learned dog who could knew Latin and Greek
11) Canis Major and Lepus (Large Dog and Hare), featuring Mick the Miller, London’s favourite greyhound, and The Wonderful Hare who entertained Londoners in the 1780’s by playing the tambourine
12) Taurus (Bull), featuring the Smithfield Nuisance, a bull who escaped and caused havoc in Smithfield Market in 1849
13) Tucana and Pavo (Toucan and Peacock), featuring London’s parakeets, alleged descendants of one released by Jimmi Hendrix, and the Bedfont Peacocks, 2 topiary peacocks outside a church in Bedfont
14) Lupus (Wolf), featuring Diable the wolf found in a Clapham garden in 1961
15) Columba (Dove), featuring the Trafalgar Square pigeons, driven away by Ken Livingston in 2003
16) Cetus (Sea Monster), featuring the whale spotted swimming up the River Thames in 2006
Available to purchase on the Garudio Studiage shop here.
The Six Legged Bear
This piece was for an exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark, organised by A Secret Club, called Expedition No. 2: To The North! Each artist was given a different part of the ‘story’ to illustrate. Mine was all about the 6 Legged Bear…
‘The Six Legged Bear is cross between a real fear and a superstition. It is said to come up from the south and while it isn’t aggressive, it’s very destructive due to it’s size, strength and clumsiness – it is said that if a The Six Legged Bear walks through your camp, not a single thing will remain whole, everything will be broken.’
My piece was influenced by antique maps, including star constellation maps(as it is a ‘myth’), particularly as I had recently visited an exhibition on antique world maps at the American Museum in Britain (in Bath), which had had some particularly fine examples.
Printed on Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190g paper. Size – 420 x 297 mm
Inspired by antique star constellation maps, Canis Major and Canis Minor come together in this original illustrated dog starry print.
These screen prints are available to buy on my Art finder shop
The Milky Way Screen prints
A series of experiments depicting the Milky Way. Each screen print is slightly different and has a title which is a different name or description of the Milky Way.
The Crocodile Tree is one of the names given to the Milky Way by the Maya, who associate it with creation and the World Tree that reaches from earth to the heavens.
Way of the White Cow, or Bealach na Bó Finne, is the main name for the Milky Way in Irish mythology.
In Aboriginal astronomy the dark patches along the band of the Milky Way are known as Yurakauwe (yura=monster or magnificent creature and kauwe=water).
Black Pig’s Dyke is a series of discontinuous linear earthworks found in Ireland, thought to be made by a black pig tearing up the countryside with its tusks. It also suggested the black pig created the dark band of the Milky Way known as the Great Rift