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Navigators’ Tracks & Discoveries of the World by Kristjana Williams

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Navigators’ Tracks & Discoveries of the World by Kristjana Williams [2020]

limited_edition

Giclée print on paper

Edition number 325

Image size: H:65.3 cm x W:70 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:65.3 cm x W:70 cm x D:0.1cm

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Navigators' Tracks & Discoveries of the World is a limited edition print by Kristjana Williams. "Upon this uniquely drawn world by master cartographer, John Cary, in the early 1800’s, Kristjana casts us forward to a post-apocalyptic era. An age beyond humankind, where the atmosphere has once again surrendered to calmness and the entire earth hums softly in pastel shades. Here, animals have triumphed over adversity by means of spectacular evolution. Giant Pandas are once again the omnipotent heroes of the bamboo forests, while tree-borne lemurs scale their dizzying perches with nonchalant abandon. Giraffe-legged ostrich, their plumage magnificently adorned by a headdress of feathers, stalk their re-claimed land, seeking their habitual tree canopies amid tangles of eye-popping flora. The elusive kingfisher, said to be the first bird to fly from the Ark after the deluge, is blessed by the orange of the setting sun on its breast and the gem-like blue of the sky on its back. It’s counterparts, surveying the scene, take on a regal magenta. This symbol of peace promises prosperity and hope for the future."

Kristjana Williams artist with Wychwood Art. Born in Reykjavik in 1974, Kristjana spent much of her childhood looking out over Iceland’s spartan landscape of black sand and frozen seas, dreaming of new worlds filled with abundant animal and plant life.This wanderlust fostered a love of maps and botanical engravings which, after completing her degree in graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins in London, became the foundation of Kristjana’s work. Described by the New York Times as part of the ‘new antiquarian movement’ her fine art pieces, prints, fashion and furniture see vintage illustrations of exotic animals and insects layered over lavish foliage and antique maps to reimagine fantastical new creatures and what she calls ‘wishful forests’.These whimsical two- and three-dimensional tableaus have won Kristjan many international awards including The Pent awards, D&D in book, Clio Award and first prize in the New York Festivals Grand Prix. Kristjana is currently working on a commission by the Victoria and Albert Museum for the new Alice in Wonderland exhibit starting June 2020. They are a long standing collaborator and we are about to do some further work with them for the new V&A in Dundee as well as a commissioned diorama about their beloved Library / Reading room in London. To discuss works by Kristjana Williams please contact deborah@wychwoodart.com, or call 07799 535765 / 01869 338155.

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