The ‘wizard worlds’ of illustrator Rob Flowers

For the next two weeks, London print studio Printer of Dreams’ window is being taken over by illustrator Rob Flowers, who will be visually telling his Tales of the Crystal Wood.

A Thief in the Mushroom Kingdom detail
A Thief in the Mushroom Kingdom detail

Flowers’ bold, brilliant and bizarre imagery will depict his ‘wizard worlds’, full of odd and beguiling characters drawing on pop-culture, folklore and mythology.

Shamens Brew
Shamens Brew

‘Rob Flowers’ illustrations don’t just evoke the nostalgia of a childhood spent amidst the day-glow of a 1980s Saturday morning cartoon marathon, they explode in Technicolor glory’, says Printer of Dreams.

A Thief in the Mushroom Kingdom
A Thief in the Mushroom Kingdom

Indeed, these surreal images feature all sorts of kaleidoscopic kids’ motifs including cartoons, Happy Meal toys and ideas borrowed from 80s Cabbage Patch Kids parody Garbage Pail Kids.

Shamens Brew detail
Shamens Brew detail

Throughout Flowers’ two-week tenure at the gallery, he will be producing three limited edition Rob Flowers x Printer of Dreams Giclée prints.

Wrath of the Conjuror
Wrath of the Conjuror

Printer of Dreams says, ‘Rob’s work may look like a wonderful walk on the wild side, look a little closer and you¹ll often find beyond the whimsical imagery far darker elements at play.’

Wrath of the Conjuror detail
Wrath of the Conjuror detail

Rob Flowers will be at Printer of Dreams, 53 Amwell Street, Angel, London, EC1R until 28 February

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