Zoo unlimited

Illustrators have undertaken the bold task of creating An Animal Kingdom in a little corner of north London.

Olivia Whitworth, A Map of the Zoo closeup.
Olivia Whitworth, A Map of the Zoo closeup.

This rather Biblical endeavour has been taken on thanks to the new Zoo exhibition, organised by prolific illustrator and curator Mr Gresty.

Adele Mildred, Dangers of the Deliria.
Adele Mildred, Dangers of the Deliria.

The exhibition is the latest in Gresty’s LHR series of shows, which take place in three London pubs – The Lauriston, The Hanbury and The Regent .

Mr Four Fingers, Macaw.
Mr Four Fingers, Macaw.

Previous shows have included Whisper; the colour-based Spectrum exhibition and A is for….?, which saw each participant given a different letter of the alphabet as a starting point for their work.

Natalie St Flour, Eye
Natalie St Flour, Eye

Zoo will exhibit 28 pieces of work by 22 artists.

Gresty himself has created the rather disquieting Cousin, a picture of a chimp with the eyes of a human:

Mr Gresty, Cousin
Mr Gresty, Cousin

Zhang Liang Ray, meanwhile, has looked to some very hip cats for inspiration, creating a scene of surreal felines sporting berets, smoking fags, and looking confused by a Smartphone. According to Gresty, these cats are ‘Beijing-inspired’. 

Zhang Liang, Cats.
Zhang Liang, Cats.

We’re also rather fond of Olivia Whitworth’s busy map of the zoo, featuring all the big guns like giraffes, lions and some slightly tubby zebras.

Olivia Whitworth, A Map of the Zoo
Olivia Whitworth, A Map of the Zoo

Zoo runs from 11 July – 31 October at The Hanbury, 33 Linton Street, Islington, N1 7DU. For more information visit the event page on Facebook here

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