In natural history, the Latin terminology ‘Lusus Naturae’ is used to describe any creature or specimen that defied classification, an animal or a person that is markedly unusual or a freak of nature.
The shows explores the notions of anthropomorphism, human fascination with oddities or monstrosities and our fragile relationship with the natural world. The works on display invite the audience into a world where fantastical hybrid creatures evolve alongside wonderfully bizarre animal figures.
If you are in London the show runs until 16th October until 7pm and this evening until 10pm – Lusus Naturae show is on 94 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH
Based in Toulouse, 100TAUR (pronounce centaur) is a multidisciplinary artist belonging to the Low Brow movement. His mythical monsters are portrayed in a surrealist dark enchanted world with colourful details rich in narrative. Halfway between innocence and horror, the artist explores the concepts of difference and imperfection with hybrid creatures through graffiti murals , installations, drawings, paintings, engraving and taxidermy sculptures. Each tiny detail of his work pays tribute to the famous sentence by Francisco De Goya ‘’The sleep of reason produces monsters’’.
Based in London , Hisham Echafaki is a contemporary artist with a fascination for the animal world. His paintings plays with detailed repetitive and symmetrical patterns inspired by nature and examine the impact that humankind exerts on its fragile balance.
The artist presents elaborate works in oil, acrylic or resin. His intricate compositions evoke a sense of wonderment for nature’s colours and patters reminiscent of traditional ‘trompe-l’oeil’ art but with anthropomorphic quality to them.