Anachroquarianism

Anachroquarianism, the rather tongue-twisting title of Kristjana S Williams’s upcoming show, actually sums up her work rather well.

Lear, by Kristjana S Williams
Lear, by Kristjana S Williams

The Iceland-born illustrator has carved a niche for herself by creating anachronistic, antiquarian-style images of imaginary animals.

Fuglar og Fildrildin Purple Pink, by Kristjana S Williams
Fuglar og Fildrildin Purple Pink, by Kristjana S Williams

Her Victorian engraving mash-ups have earned her commissions with clients including the V&A, Zubrowka Vodka and this weekend’s Wilderness Festival.

Raudbedur, by Kristjana S Williams
Raudbedur, by Kristjana S Williams

As part of this year’s London Design Festival, Outline Editions is organising the Anachroquarianism exhibition, which will see Williams create illustrations inspired by – and exhibited alongside – some of the giants of 19th-century natural history illustration.

Rosar Hjartar, by Kristjana S Williams
Rosar Hjartar, by Kristjana S Williams

The show, in partnership with and hosted by Shapero Rare Books, will feature Williams reinterpretations of works by artists such as Edward Lear, John Gould, Joseph Wolf and Jacque Barraband.

Buceros Cavetos, by Elizabeth Gould
Buceros Cavetos, by Elizabeth Gould

As well as the exhibition, Williams will also be hosting a free workshop where visitors will be able to create their own collages based on Antiquarian engravings.

La Perruche Lori Papou, by Jacque Barraband
La Perruche Lori Papou, by Jacques Barraband

Anachroquarianism: Kristjana S Williams vs the Victorian Engravers is at Shapero Rare Books, 32 St George Street, London W1S from 14-22 September.

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