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Bawden's Beasts

Bawden’s Beasts

10th February 2018 – 27th January 2019

Edward Bawden Gallery – Free Entry

 

 

 

 

Edward Bawden (1903-1989) Aesop's Fables: Ant and Grasshopper, 1970 Copyright The Edward Bawden Estate

 

 

 

 

 

The creatures that inhabit Bawden’s work reveal his extraordinary talent for visual expression and storytelling, often using the simplest of lines. Inventive and humorous, Bawden put animals great and small to work in his commissions for book illustrations, advertisements and posters, in which they adopt human guises for their amusing antics: a giraffe dons a blazer, cravat and boater to advertise British Petroleum and an army of ants armed with mops and brooms adorns the cover of Take The Broom. Wallpaper designs, drawings, prints and murals reveal Bawden’s fascination with animals and marine life, anthropomorphic insects and the macabre. The exhibition will feature Bawden’s work in a range of media throughout the course of his career, including his imaginative advertisements for Fortnum & Mason, and evocative prints of Aesop’s Fables.