Fantasy is exhibition focus at Obsidian Gallery in Stoke Mandeville

Ed Org watercolour, Winter Green Man Lament
Ed Org watercolour, Winter Green Man Lament
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A spectacular display of beautiful and stunningly executed myth and folklore inspired drawings form an art exhibition that opens on Friday (February 12).

The exhibition at Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville features over 50 original drawings and paintings by Ed Org, plus work by eight guest artists whose work is all inspired by fairy tale, myth, folklore and fantasy.

Ed’s biggest influence is Edward Burne-Jones from the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and also the great Victorian age book illustrators including Arthur Rackham and Willy Pogany.

With subjects including classic mythology, folklore, Arthurian legend, Shakespeare, myth and magic, as well as woodlands and rivers, the over riding feel of the exhibition is beauty and exquisite detail.

Ed was born in Shropshire and enjoyed an idyllic childhood among woods, fields, secret pools and ruined barns, which helped fire his imagination for mythological work.

He completed a Fine Art degree in the 1970s, with his final degree show based on The Lord of the Rings.

The exhibition is open daily for a month from Friday through to Sunday March 20.

Opening times are 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sundays. Entry is free.

Of the eight other artists showing at the exhibition, five are showing at Obsidian for the first time.

They include Elena Brennan with stunning sliver and gold jewellery, and Phil Brown’s unusual carved and turned wooden boxes.

There will also be wildlife painting, prints and sculptures by husband and wife David and Sarah Cemmick, and wonderful ceramic animal sculptures by ceramicist Gin Durham.