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El Gato Chimney paints nature with extraordinary detail, the natural world is given a magical twist, birdlife and other fantastical creatures, dressed in adornments of patterned fabrics, carry their homes, sometimes on fire, wherever they go. El Gato lives and works in Milan, Italy and began his career as a self taught artist, with an interest in graffiti, street art, steampunk culture and surrealism. His research for his work includes subjects such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art. Check out his Instagram for more of his magical birdlife and the James Freeman Gallery where his paintings are currently on show.

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Dare to enter the dark and enchanting grotto of Mister Finch and allow yourself to be spellbound by the magical creatures within. Leeds based stitch wizard Mister Finch weaves his own style of magic to conjure up this enchanted forest of eccentric woodland creatures. Without any formal training the self taught textile artist spends his time in the depths of Yorkshire, “Flowers, insects and birds really fascinate me with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviour. British folklore is also so beautifully rich in fabulous stories and warnings and never ceases to be at the heart of what I make. Shape shifting witches, moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path. Humanising animals with shoes and clothes is something I’ve always done and I imagine them to come alive at night. Getting dressed and helping an elderly shoemaker or the tired housewife” If you love what you see get yourself down to Anthropologie, Kings Road, London where his exhibition is on until 4th Jan and maybe pick up a copy of his book ‘Living in a Fairytale World’.

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