Jealous are proud to announce the opening of ‘The Uncanny Scenery Of A Dream’, a solo exhibition by award-winning artist and author Stanley Donwood, displaying limited edition prints of illustrations first created for Thomas Hardy’s Selected Poems, introduced and chosen by collaborator Robert Macfarlane and published by The Folio Society.
Taking motivation from the spectacular scenery and countryside landscapes described in Hardy’s work, Donwood travelled to the areas in Dorset that inspired the author’s poetry, creating a series of sketches on scraps of paper, old envelopes, maps and torn pages from yellowing books. In appreciation of the strong abiding affection Hardy felt to the lands of Dorset, Donwood immersed himself in the romantic landscape and rendered atmospheric layered drawings, providing a new way of visualising Hardy’s Wessex.
In his illustrations Donwood explains he has “tried to encapsulate the vague air of solitary melancholy” he interprets from Hardy’s work. In many drawings the use of a lone figure in isolated environments with boundless sky above and flock of birds transcending the page and earthly plane.
Stanley Donwood has worked with Radiohead since 1994. His evocative and haunting imagery has created their distinctive visual identity. He has created the official artwork for Glastonbury Festival since 2002 and he has worked with Robert Macfarlane on the Faber bestseller ‘Holloway’ and art directed the film ‘the bomb’ produced by Eric Schlosser and Smriti Keshari, as well as countless book covers and numerous other projects. He is currently working on a book of linocuts titled 'Bad Island' which will be published by Penguin next Spring.