Work by one of Sheffield’s most popular artists, Phlegm is set be celebrated at this new exhibition, running at the Millennium Gallery, Saturday 13 January - Sunday 7 July.
Pandemic Diaries showcases a spectacular series of over 60 drawings made throughout the 2020 lockdown.
The drawings are complemented by several works originally displayed in Phlegm’s major 2019 exhibition, Mausoleum of the Giants which have subsequently joined the city’s Visual Art collection
At the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, artist Phlegm started to document his observations of daily life in lockdown in the form of an ongoing series of artworks.
These 67 pen and ink drawings blur the reality of the pandemic with the imaginary world he has created throughout his career – one full of long-limbed forest creatures, fantastical contraptions and hybrid cities that seem to grow organically.
Phlegm started his career creating detailed comics before moving to creating the large-scale wall murals he has become synonymous with. Although he no longer lives in Sheffield, he remains a much-loved adopted son of the city, and his work continues to adorn many of its buildings.
In March 2019, Phlegm’s creatures were given a physical world when an old factory in Sheffield was transformed into the mysterious Mausoleum of the Giants, an immersive exhibition which attracted over 12,000 visitors. Today, Phlegm’s large-scale works adorns walls in countries including Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, USA, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Australia.
The Pandemic Diary series of drawings joined Sheffield’s Visual Art collection thanks to funding from the Contemporary Art Society Rapid Response Fund.