Viewing room


David Shillinglaw

Jealous North

01 Oct 2020 — 25 Oct 2020

Following a wildly successful launch in our sister gallery, Jealous North is thrilled to bring the colourful, energetic works by David Shillinglaw to Crouch End in ‘Rewilding’.

During these recent times of isolation, Shillinglaw’s new body of work comments on the adaptability of nature through a series of multi-media works. Unique with their textured surfaces and symbolic illustrations, using shapes and negative space to create a unique language, the works are like a love letter to our new world. The exhibition features a new body of work as well as a limited edition screenprint and zines by the artist.
I find myself searching for the poetry in the incidental, discovering great significance and mystery in a single flower growing out of a brick wall.
David Shillinglaw, 2020
Sundown, 2020
Mustard Moon, 2020

The works in this exhibition are a cross pollination of ideas and materials, mixing drawing, painting and collage into one hyperactive patchwork of information. Different mediums wrestle for space, and colours compete for attention. Amidst this chaos there is an attempt to organise space, discover some peace, draw a line under the abundance, and tend to a visual garden.

Often uncertain, I am comforted by the words of Carl Jung, ‘in all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order’.
David Shillinglaw, 2020
Previous collabs

David Shillinglaw last worked with Jealous back in 2016 for his one day pop-up exhibition ‘Optical Delusion’, held in celebration of the release of his new print edition at that time, titled ‘Cosmic’.

This tied in with his takeover of the rooftop mural on top of Jealous Towers. Watch the video below to learn more about David’s past projects, including a mural he worked on just down the road from Jealous East.

David Shillinglaw - 'Cosmic'

Keep Smiling - David Shillinglaw