Return to the Cave

Jimp, known to his family as Jim Hollingworth, is certainly no ordinary illustrator. Indeed, as Deborah Curtis’ biography of him goes, he is ‘an unstoppable recorder of our times.’

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Which, perhaps, doesn’t bode too well for ‘our times.’ The narratives weaved by Jimp’s work tell unsightly tales of macabre washed out skulls; a young girl gazing aghast at her ghoulish reflection; a police car as the victim of arson revenge attacks and love billed as ‘romance and fucking violence lol.’

Romance
Romance

However, as you may have twigged, undercutting the dystopic scenes he depicts is a massive doseof homour and a knack for the bizarre that stops things ever becoming too terrifying.

Shock in the Mirror
Shock in the Mirror

Opening this Thursday in East London is Return to the Cave, a solo show featuring over 100 of Jimp’s works in media including watercolour, pencil, acrylic and monoprints.

The Crow Spoke
The Crow Spoke

The title refers to not only Jimp’s recurring themes of the primeval and the stripping away of ‘the thin veneer of civilisation’, but also the way in which the work itself is displayed. Eschewing more ‘civilised’ methods, many of the works are pinned in clusters or pasted directly to the walls of the space.

Lucius
Lucius

The cave is an underlying leitmotif for Jimp, conjuring notions of cave drawings from a time when humanity was at liberty to reveal, so says Curtis, the ‘troglodyte rawness of our baser-selves.’

Pc Nash
Pc Nash

On a lighter note, the images will make you – to borrow Jimp’s expression – ‘lol’:  the palpable awkwardness and very human anxieties carried in the primitive lines of this works perfectly capture social nuances and quirks.

On 16 August, Jimp will be holding a live drawing evening, which will see him create a work live to a B-movie horror soundtrack.

Return to the Cave runs from 5 – 26 August at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, London E1

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  • Josephine Dimbleby November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Seems like yet another David Shrigley impersonator. Only not as cheerful.

    Sometimes I wonder whether there were tonnes of people out there with the same handwriting and he just got the book deals first…

  • Gerry Curtis November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Love it Jimp. Best of luck!!!!

    Looking forward to being there!

    see you Saturday……

  • Christophe November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Fantastic lovely playful work rare to see

    Note – this will be a catch must buy he is going to be very collectable

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