Internationally renowned artist, Kristjana S Williams, opens solo exhibition at Shapero Rare Books, London

From 25th November to 24th December, Icelandic artist Kristjana S Williams will host her second solo exhibition at the renowned Shapero Rare Books on New Bond Street, London.

‘The Sleeping Garden’ is a collection of work inspired by the artist’s study of the history of art, literature and natural history, and encompasses elements from antique Victorian engravings to 1950’s pop culture, as well as inspiration from iconic authors and artists including CS Lewis and celebrated Walt Disney artist, Eyvind Earle & Dali.

Shapero Rare Books is an internationally renowned dealer in antiquarian and rare books, and works on paper, with particular expertise in fine illustrated books from the 15th to the 20th century, travel & voyages, natural history, literature (including modern first editions), children’s books, guidebooks, Hebraica and Judaica, works of Russian interest, and Islamica.

Their extraordinary collection combined with the unrivalled experience of their staff, attracts customers from all around the world. Bernard John Shapero is a British dealer in antiquarian rare books and works on paper, the founder of SHAPERO RARE BOOKS of New Bond Street, Mayfair, London. Slate called him "London's most successful rare-book dealer and arguably the top dealer in the world today” 

‘The Sleeping Garden’ by Kristjana S Williams is a true celebration of art, literature and visual artists, made original by the vital creativity of the artist’s mind. Says Williams: “As well as being inspired by the incredibly rich and historic work I have discovered during my visits to Shapero Rare Books, I wanted the pieces for this exhibition to mirror the reflections and insights which have emerged from our changing world over the past two years.

I think the experiences we have all shared have altered our cognitive awareness of all that surrounds us, and it is my hope that everyone will find their own truth within my artworks.” 

Kristjana S Williams has created a series of new three-dimensional original artworks, plus  Limited Edition prints for the exhibition, including two large panoramic 3D pieces inspired by early animation techniques employed by Disney, as well as Williams’ work for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Alice in Wonderland exhibit.  A private viewing of ‘The Sleeping Garden’ will be held between 6pm and 8pm the evening of November 24th.

‘The Sleeping Garden’ at Shapero Rare Books
 105 New Bond Street, London
25 November - 24 December 2021