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London Subterranea (City & Isle of Dogs detail), 2012 Archival Inkjet With Silkscreen Varnishes And Gold And Silver Leaf 130 X 163 Cm © TAG Fine Arts & Stephen Walter
London Subterranea, 2012 Archival Inkjet With Silkscreen Varnishes And Gold And Silver Leaf Signed And Editioned By The Artist Edition Of 50 130 X 163 Cm © TAG Fine Arts & Stephen Walter
The Island (East London detail), 2008 Archival Ink Jet And Screenprint On Hand Torn Fine Art Paper 140 X 200 Cm © TAG Fine Arts & Stephen Walter
Curated by: TAG Fine Arts

28 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DP
United Kingdom
July 3rd, 2013 - July 28th, 2013

shoreditch, hoxton
+44 (0)20 7534 1888
dystopia, utopia, Mapping Memories, London, Maps, Stephen Walter, mixed-media, landscape, figurative


Anthropocene: Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as a period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. [Oxford Dictionary, 2012]

The new wildernesses on our planet, waiting to be explored, are information, knowledge, history and time. These are altering our relationship with the physical world and the old traditional landmarks.[Stephen Walter]

TAG Fine Arts is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Stephen Walter’s work, opening in London, July 2013. Hosted at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, the exhibition will showcase Walter’s drawings, photographs and prints from the last four years including his iconic London maps ‘The Island’ and ‘London Subterranea’. It will also mark the launch of his latest work, ‘Nova Utopia’ – a hand-drawn map which revisits Thomas More’s famous island state of Utopia, a century after a capitalist revolution has transformed its very essence.

Stephen Walter is best known for his intricate hand-drawn maps, including ‘The Island’ and the associated ‘London Series’ (2008), and ‘London Subterranea’ (2012). But cartography is just one aspect of the artist’s practice, which is informed by his knowledge of Romantic landscape traditions, the concept of utopia (and dystopia), and contemporary culture’s obsession with symbols and logos. Walter packs his work with visual and textual information, building up layers of communication on one plane. By doing so he demonstrates the complexity of his subjects, as well as the subjectivity of his response. Walter’s work questions the ability of the artist, working with traditional landscape, cartography and drawing techniques, to communicate a world which is saturated with information, constantly expanding, changing and reorganising itself.

My maps are a critique and a celebration of place, and the stories, histories and perceptions that inhabit them: I act as an editor or a filter through which the information is laid down. [Stephen Walter]