Quirky animal art on show in little gallery of horrors

Photo: Germaine Arnold

The Beasts Royal show, curated by Alice Herrick  opens tomorrow in the unusual setting of Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors.

The exhibition, features affordable art  by 35 artists, each of whom have drawn inspiration from the animal kingdom.

The show features drawings, paintings and mixed-media sculpture including pieces by the Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding and Mexican surrealist painter Leonora Carrington.

Miss Herrick said that all the pieces in the show had been priced at around £500 in the hope that they would be affordable Christmas presents.

The exhibition runs until 30 January in the back of Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors on Mare Street, Hackney.

The emporium itself contains a wide variety of curiosities and oddities, from human body parts in jars, to Frankenstein-esque taxidermy creations such as cats with pigeons’ wings and chickens’ legs spliced on.

Miss Herrick said the show will, “explore the ways human life is mirrored in that of animals, and the way in which animals can act as a metaphor for human behaviour.”

The show, which features a stuffed polar bear, should appeal to all age groups. Miss Herrick said, “I think children will love it because there’s lots of fun and lots of curious things.”

The show promises to be an enlightening and magical experience, with enough curiosities to satisfy the most inquisitive mind.

The opening party runs from 2pm to 9pm on Saturday November 27 to allow as many people as possible to see the exhibition within the compact space.

Beasts Royal, 27 November – 30 January

Victor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors

11 Mare St. London E8 4RP

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