The story behind the artwork
A modern, limited edition print created in 2019. Inspired by its frame tale, Aesop’s The Fox and the Stork, which sets the stage for a second narrative illustrating intricate details from the fertile history of the great city of London. Its contemporary style and emblazoned flora and fauna belie the artistic precision with which the tree has been festooned.
But close inspection reveals historical nods sprouting from every arching branch of the tree. A stag is wrapped around with Savile Row tailors’ tape complementing a neckerchief of Harris tweed. A horse jumps through one of the Queen’s rings, saluting a monarch who knows all of her horses by name. Brown’s Hotel on Albemarle Street and the Kipling Suite wherein Kipling penned The Jungle Book. 1816, the date when a gas lamp first lit up a London stage. A London Goose balances Fortnum and Mason hampers upon its back. Green Park deckchairs herald a fine, dry day ahead. A Twinings teacup born of the 300 year old flagship store on The Strand. Two Tower of London wing-clipped crows, unable to fly from the tower lest bad luck should unfold. The Penny Black, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp. Charlie Chaplin’s top hat and fiddle. Emblems – London’s dragon, the Maritime Museum Greenwich and more. Much more.
The Fox and the Stork, Aesop’s Fable:
A fox invites a stork to dine with him. Fox serves soup in a shallow bowl which he laps up easily but stork cannot sup from the bowl with its pointed beak. Stork does not reveal this frustration but instead invites fox to dine with him. Stork serves meat in a long, narrow-necked vessel which he eats from easily but fox cannot eat at all. The moral? A trickster must expect trickery in return so only do to others as you would have them do to you.
Nature has always been really important to Kristjana. Icelandic nature can be stark and unforgiving with a muted yet very rich extraordinary palette of colours including blacks, whites and greys which Kristjana now appreciates, lends it a unique and mesmeric beauty. The landscape is sparse with trees or bushes only growing in a few locations. Reactively, Kristjana takes great inspiration from the towering scale of trees and the vibrancy of flora and fauna from more temperate climates. Kristjana enjoys playing with colours in her work; the elements of colour in nature bring her pieces to life.
Limited edition archival giclée print
Printed in our studio in London, using the highest quality archival paper (Matt Smooth Fine Art Cotton 300gsm) and highest quality inks (giclée), to ensure you are able to enjoy your print for years to come.
Please note: Our prints are professionally cut by hand in our studio, therefore sizes can vary by mm. All measurements are approximate and for guidance only.
A1 - 594 mm x 835 mm
A0 - 841 mm x 1182 mm
A00 - 1118 mm x 1572 mm
A1 - 734 mm x 975 mm x 35 mm
A0 - 981 mm x 1322 mm x 55 mm
A00 - 1258 mm x 1712 mm x 55 mm
Edition of 225, signed and numbered by the artist.
Your artwork will be printed and shipped within 3-5 working days. Your artwork will arrive safely in a cardboard tube.
Framing service available
To ensure your Limited Edition Print is well protected we use ph neutral i.e acid free tapes, board and back mount. The artwork is entirely stuck down and mounted to the frame. Our Frames are bespoke clean white frames with two options of mount - Classic mount or Float mount. For more information on our frames and mounts click here.
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Unframed prints are delivered within 3-5 working days
Framed prints are delivered within 10-14 days
Limited edition prints, unframed - World wide free delivery
Framed limited edition prints - London: £20
Framed limited edition prints - UK: £50
Framed limited edition prints - Rest of World: £150