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Lesley Barnes: The Enchanted Forest (detail)

Work / Illustration

Geometric mythology from the prolifically talented Lesley Barnes

Glasgow-based illustrator, animator and all-round creative Lesley Barnes creates great sprawling illustrations that take inspiration from contemporary fashion, mid-century design and every facet of mythological narrative; from the ancient Greeks to The Brothers Grimm. Lesley’s got a knack for creating engagingly complex imagery from layered geometric patterns and hand-drawn characters that are brought together with textural finishes, mimicking traditional print techniques. Entirely self-taught following a degree in English Literature, we can only assume that Lesley spent her entire childhood honing her craft before unleashing it upon the commercial world; the higher education simply adding the finishing touches to an already accomplished narrative eye.

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Lesley Barnes: The Enchanted Forest

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Lesley Barnes: The Enchanted Forest

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Lesley Barnes: The Enchanted Forest

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Lesley Barnes: V & A Museum of Childhood

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Lesley Barnes: V & A Museum of Childhood

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Lesley Barnes: Wrap for Wrap

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Lesley Barnes: Wrap for Wrap