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MUST DO: Jo Brocklehurst, House of Illustration

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Fetishes, muscles, big hair: the new show starts today at the HoI. Photo: PR
Harking back to the (very) bohemian past of King’s Cross is this exhibition, which opens today and runs for three months at lovely tucked-away gallery the House Of Illustration.

Jo Brocklehurst, who died in 2006, is remembered primarily for capturing the vibrancy of late 20th century subcultures in London, Berlin and New York.

For Berliner Zeitung. Credit: estate of Jo Brocklehurst
Her figurative paintings from fetish clubs record experiments with sex, androgyny and couture that inspired the mainstream fashion collections of Jean Paul Gaultier; while her best-known portraits from the 1980s offer a raw, beautiful and female perspective on punk.

Credit: estate of Jo Brocklehurst.
Co-curated by her model and muse Isabelle Bricknall, the exhibition, which ends on the 14th May, also features her drawings of Berlin’s 1990s performing arts scene for Berliner Zeitung, alongside clubland-inspired interpretations of Alice through the Looking Glass.


Tickets and more info here. Open daily 10-6pm (except Mon) at 2 Granary Square N1C

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