Word Travels North


12″ x 24″ acrylics on canvas. 2017. Part of Justin Hillgrove’s 2017 exhibition “Well Read.” The show focused on storytelling, books and reading.

“Word Travels North”

Before the books arrived, the villagers’ time was spent collecting shiny but useless trinkets or staring vacantly at the cacophonous boxes that held such prominent places in their homes. The words on the pages brought knowledge, enchantment and adventure to them in a way they hadn’t dreamed possible before. Many in the village decided to gather their new favorite books and set off in different directions to share their discovery.

Nicola and Ursel the  bear  packed their stump and headed towards the great lights and open spaces of the wild, wintery North. They both love fairy and folk tale collections, with Nicola’s favorite story being “Little Red Riding Hood” and Ursel’s “Masha and the Bear.”

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