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The Call of the Wild exhibition

Illustrators and designers explore the wilderness within our cities.

Thu 24th January 2013, 12:00pm – Sun 27th January 2013, 06:00pm

A-Side B-Side Gallery, Hackney Downs Studios. 5-9 Amhurst Terrace. London, E8 2BT

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

The Call of the Wild is an exhibition bringing together illustrators and designers who have been inspired by the wildness within the city. Can a bustling urban centre be a wilderness all of it's own? And what of the animals that share our urban spaces - the pigeon in the city square; the mouse behind the skirting board; the alley cat; the urban fox: are they invaders? Are they taking back what was theirs? Or are they our neighbours?
Get down to A-Side B-Side Gallery to see ‘The Call of the Wild’, an exhibition showing the work of eleven artists exploring our urban jungle and how it influences their working practice. The artists have all created something new for the event and there will be original artwork for sale alongside prints, books and other items. Amongst the contributors expect to see the work of some Amelia's Magazine faves!
Contributing artists include: Colourbox, Ekaterina Trukhan, Jenni Desmond, Jill Tytherleigh, Katriona Chapman, Laura Hughes, Lizzy Stewart, Lorna Scobie, Thomas Whitcombe and Willa Gebbie. Find out more about some of the artists here:

Badger by Lorna Scobie
Mandrill by Lorna Scobie
Lorna Scobie:
Lorna Scobie is a London based illustrator, fresh out of university with a head bulging full of cheeky characters and obscure stories. Her work often features animals, created using gestural marks and more often than not, various printmaking methods. She has been selected by London Print Studio for their Graduate Award, and is very excited about 'sinking my teeth into it – there are definitely a lot more creatures still scratching to get out, and I can't wait to get them on to paper!'

Willa Gebbie:
Willa Gebbie is a self-taught illustrator, based in Islington, London. Before becoming an illustrator, Willa worked as a Research Scientist, but after leaving the lab two years ago, she has worked for a number of fashion and beauty clients including Kurt Geiger, Ciate, Umberto Giannini and Boots. Willa works by creating a simple, linear pencil image, on which she builds soft layers of watercolour textures to form a feminine and beautiful illustration.

colourbox call of the wild
Joe Rogers, AKA Colourbox, is a visual artist and illustrator who creates work using a range of modern and traditional techniques, across a variety of media.