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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, May 01, 2008
    It's in the detail

    Since James sent me a postcard of a Stephen Walter artwork (a detail from one of his recent The Island - London Series) I've been poring over it with a magnifying glass, thrilling at the delightful discoveries to be found close up to his densely-packed hand drawn map, loving the merging of prehistory, urban slang, pop culture and touristic references which he mixes up all over the canvas [..... Most teenage pregnancy - LAMBETH - Huge Glass Palace Woz Ere 1856 - Don't shout Fire.....].

    Stephen Walter's website is a further delight, and besides the many interesting mapping drawings there are gems like the one above. Fine stuff.

    Artwork: Stephen Walter, Shopping Trolleys, 2005