I recently created this 2 colour risograph print of a fishmongers in Fulham for The Loop. It’s part of an illustrated alphabet series, where a whole bunch of talented illustrators have related an animal to an area of London beginning with their chosen letter.
Head over to their website for more details and to see the rest of the series.
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Garlington’s work is surreal, dark, and piercing, but there’s a sense of humor alongside the grotesque. This photo? The little girl curled up, the grinning monkey, the sad clown father? Astonishing. I find myself thinking of this image all the time. I want it to be a book cover of mine, really very badly. Failing that, I want it at least on my wall.
The below is the first Garlington I saw, on the cover of Zyzzyva, maybe 10 years ago. I’m pretty smitten with this one too, but these days, I like the darker edges even more than this bear suit and beauty. (Though Exit Pursued By A Bear is very much the thing here, and that stage direction is tattooed on my thigh.)
- Michael Garlington, The Fishmonger’s Daughter
Garlington has also photographed the extraordinary singer/Renaissance woman Jill Tracy. I knew there was a reason I kept staring at these portraits, and it was that I recognized the photographer.