The shaman

Psychedelia, tribal culture and ancient mythologies are heady subjects to inspire an exhibition. But it’s on these themes that illustrators Jake Blanchard and Scott Balmer have based their latest exhibition Hylozoism, which opens tonight.

by Scott Balmer
by Scott Balmer

Monkey Portrait by Jake Blanchard
Monkey Portrait by Jake Blanchard

The show, which takes place at London’s Bardens Boudoir, features work inspired by journeys through ancient forests, experiences of spirits, relics and shamanistic rituals, rendered in the very different styles of Blanchard and Balmer.

by Scott Balmer
by Scott Balmer

Last of the Octopus by Jake Blanchard
Last of the Octopus by Jake Blanchard

Despite the exhibition’s theme is rather mystic theme, the content of some of the pieces is a lot more down to earth.

Blanchard explains, ‘In The Shadow is about the nature of working as a freelancer, it can often seem like a beautiful picturesque environment, but you’re never really fully in control. It pays to be aware that some things aren’t are out of your hands.’

In the Shadow by Jake Blanchard
In the Shadow by Jake Blanchard

 Hylozoism runs from 25 March-27 April at Bardens Boudoir, 36 Stoke Newington Road, London N16.

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