A Millennium Bestiary
Published by IMPACT Press, 1995
ISBN 1 86043 023 6
Published in an edition of 250
Available to purchase here from the UWE store
In the summer of 1994, in the spirit of the medieval book of beasts, 44 painters, illustrators, designers, animators, printmakers and sculptors were invited to create this edition which adapted and customised the moral issues of the day grafting traditional iconography onto new forms and narratives. These new beasts celebrated the end of the 20th Century.
Historically, a bestiary was a vividly illustrated story book that contained colourful descriptions of real, mythical and imaginary animals and birds. It was widely used in the Middle Ages as a moralising text and plundered by the church as a means of embellishing otherwise dry sermons and barren treatises.
List of contributing artists:
Paul van der Lem
Alan R Jack
Peter de Francia