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Phlegm: The Bestiary

UPDATE: Special offer for IKWIL members from Shoreditch Street Art Tours. Those of you who come to the Phlegm show are welcome on a morning street art tour in Shoreditch at a discounted price. Tour is between 10am-1.30pm, which should give you plenty of time for a nice lunch before our visit. Book a spot here, select the group rate and type in code "IKWIL" in the comment box. 


On the 1st of February Phlegm will launch a major solo exhibition in London at Howard Griffin Gallery. It promises to be a very special event given that Phlegm, who has risen to prominence as one of the greatest muralists of our times, has been working on producing it for the past six weeks. The show itself will comprise a large scale, museum standard installation throughout the entire space of Phlegm’s surveying a range of Phlegm’s work. The concept behind the show is Phlegm’s take on a medieval Bestiary and is set out below:

A bestiary was an illustrated compendium of animals, half real and half imagined, setting out the natural history of each beast within and its moral significance. A bestiary was not a scientific text and while some beasts and descriptions were quite accurate, others were completely fanciful. Such bestiaries belonged to the ancient world and were popularised during the Middle Ages as didactic tools. 

For The Bestiary, Phlegm creates a modern bestiary within his own universe through an immersive and large scale installation in wood, clay and plaster. Here Phlegm presents a taxonomic categorisation of his creatures and collects them in one place for the first time. Within the expansive sections of the installation, and working in bas and high relief, Phlegm displays a series of works akin to the Lascaux cave paintings. Inspired by the bestiaries of old, these works contain untold fables and narratives.



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  • Robert Z.

    most gratifying this year .. takes some beating

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Love the photos -- especially like the 3D nature of some of the murals. Will have to try and get along before it closes.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Michael C.

    I was really hoping to come to this but I'm not able to be in London. Looking forward to photos, if possible.

    February 8, 2014

  • Maria Domenica A.

    it is an amazing show

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Was hoping you'd spot this one.

    January 26, 2014

  • Laurent

    Hi Sabina, not 100% sure but I don't want to miss this one! Bringing the family!

    1 · January 26, 2014

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