TIMOROUS BEASTIES’ SOLO SHOW, at Winchester Discovery Centre Gallery is truly worth visiting.
Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art, established timorous Beasties in Glasgow in 1990.
“Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to example of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence. Yet, the studio fully engages a design discourse with textiles history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honoured motifs.” timorousbeasties.com
Specialising in fabrics and wallpapers, Timorous Beasties’ surreal and provocative imagery are created using a range of media and production methods. On the first gallery wall are displayed their Grand Thistle, printed with a rotary printer (top left), Merian Palm, a digital print with a matt finish (bottom left), and Iguana Superwide, a hand print, using a flatbed printer and metallic high gloss (right).
A spectacular custom-made panoramic wallpaper features on the 18-metre gallery wall. Inspired by old wallpaper found in a dilapidated house in Scotland, Timorous Beasties revisited some of their motifs to create this bespoke design. Digitally printed on specialist wide wallpaper with a vinyl finish, which shows off the exceptional fine detail of their illustrated designs. In true Timorous Beasties style, this design pairs images of beautiful nature and wildlife, with a subtle darker undercurrent of death and rubbish.
This style of sumptuous and surreal design also features in their Devil Damask Flock. From a distance, this is a stunning red damask-inspired traditional flock panel (below right), however look again and you will see the demon head hidden within the beauty. The lace-inspired concrete panels at the opposite end of the gallery also feature Devil Damask. The etched concrete panels present a juxtaposition of delicate, decorative designs, crafted in cold concrete (below left).
The final wall exemplifies the stunning array of colour and detail that can be achieved by digital print. Indie Wood (shown bottom left below) which has an extraordinary 10m repeat, Kaleido Splatt, Fruit Looters, Omni Drips (in main image left to right), and Civic Bee (below right).
A visit to Winchester Discovery Centre Gallery is highly recommended. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 3pm, 23rd January 2016-16th March 2016. Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. Admission FREE.