The first major UK show by Scottish artist and illustrator Johanna Basford, Wonderlands, has opened at Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Wonderlands invites visitors to tumble down the rabbit hole to discover a world created by Johanna Basford’s imagination and her skilled inking. All the work in the show began as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into an expansive monochrome pen drawing or occasional print. Each illustration is intricate and highly detailed, inviting the viewer to peer closer and discover a hidden world.
The exhibition of significant new work utilises the full height and scale of DCA featuring an immersive forest of trees printed on long sheets of paper and suspended from the ceiling, a wall of wallpaper designs and a corridor of illustrated cuckoo clocks. Also on show is a monochrome menagerie of hand drawn insects, animals, birds and mythical creatures called Wonderbeasts. Each creature was nominated by one of over 150 contributors from around the world who supported the creation of the work through a Kickstarter project which ran in March 2013. A recreation of her studio gives visitors the chance to see into where her creative world comes to life.
Johanna is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in rural Aberdeenshire. She studied Printed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and graduated in 2005. Her distinctive illustrative style is widely recognised and can be found on a diverse range of products from wallpaper to beer bottles, skis to cosmetics packaging.
Wonderlands is accompanied by a publication which will both document the gallery exhibition and demonstrate the full range of her commercial work. This publication will be launched at an artist in conversation event on Sat 15 June 2013.See: Wonderlands: Johanna Basford
Until 7 July 2013
DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee , DD1 4DY
Open daily 11am-6pm, Thurs until 8pm