Urban Kings

2014
Original
Size (H x W x D): 42 x 42 x 4 cm
Medium: Reclaimed and restored late 1800s Victorian timber window frames, antique English glass, hot and cold cured photo-fusing prints, paint, lacquer and hand-forged ironwork

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URBAN KINGS elevates the pest to the princely. The vermin to the valiant. The animals native to our concrete, urban environment are paid a royal homage in the Urban Kings exhibition at the Ben Oakley Gallery. The Foxes, Rats, Pigeons, Squirrels and Crows – all endemic to the city life – have had to adapt to their industrial surroundings and survive nonetheless. 

By depicting these crowned creatures in such a light, URBAN KINGS reminds us of our harmonious relationship with nature despite such an adversarial environment, and that we must celebrate all living things, no matter how big or small. These citified animals are enthroned on antique English glass, hot and cold cured photo-fusing prints, paint, lacquer, and hand-forged ironwork all framed in restored late 1800s Victorian timber.