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With the title referring to the current geological age, during which human activity has unquestionably been the dominant influence on climate and environment, Anthropocene gathers together a selection of drawings, photographs and prints by London-based artist Stephen Walter. Hosted at Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, the exhibition showcases Walter’s most iconic London maps The Island and London Subterranea along with his latest work, Nova Utopia – a hand-drawn map which revisits Thomas More’s famous fictional island state of Utopia.


Best known to the public for his intricate, hyper-detailed hand-drawn maps, Walter combines visual and textual information, building up layers of communication on one plane to demonstrate the complexity of his subject and the subjectivity of his response. Informed by his knowledge of Romantic landscape traditions, the concept of utopia/dystopia, and contemporary culture’s obsession with symbols and logos, Walter’s work aims to question the ability of the artist – working with traditional landscape, cartography and drawing techniques – to communicate an ever-changing world saturated with information.

Explaining his work, Walter says: “My maps are a critique and a celebration of place, and the stories, histories and perceptions that inhabit them: I act as an editor or a filter through which the information is laid down.”


Born in 1975, and currently living and working in London, Walter graduated in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed a MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art. His major project, The Island – London Series, was published by TAG Fine Arts in 2008 and has received sustained critical acclaim. In 2010 he was included in Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art at the British Library, and in 2012 he was commissioned by the London Transport Museum to create London Subterranea for the major group exhibition Mind the Map. Walter’s work is part of the Government Art Collection, and has been exhibited at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Courtauld institute of Art.

Anthropocene is supported by Londonewcastle and presented by TAG Fine Arts, an art dealers and publishers based in Islington operating an ambitious programme of events including fairs, curated exhibitions, and collaborations with major institutions in the design, publishing and museum worlds.


Stephen Walter – Anthropocene will be running until July 28th at the Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP.




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