Hogarth-inspired exhibition, “Snowflake’s Progress”, by Ben Jennings, coming soon to London’s Coningsby Gallery

Cartoonist Ben Jennings has his first solo exhibition, at the Coningsby Gallery in London this summer, featuring work inspired by William Hogarth.

“Snowflake’s Progress” by Ben Jennings
“Snowflake’s Progress” by Ben Jennings

Snowflake’s Progress” is the first solo exhibition from multi-award winning cartoonist and illustrator Ben Jennings. The project is a contemporary adaptation of William Hogarth’s famous 18th-century work, “A Rake’s Progress”, and follows a recurring character over a series of eight artworks that offer snapshots of British life set over the past 14 years of Tory rule.

“Shite on the Beaches” by Ben Jennings
“Shite on the Beaches” by Ben Jennings

Unlike Hogarth’s protagonist, who inherits great wealth and squanders it all on an extravagant lifestyle that ultimately leads to his downfall, our millennial character – ‘Snowflake’ – attempts more modest pursuits after inheriting the chaos and insecurity of the past decade-or-so.

Also on display will be a selection of Ben’s editorial work from over this same time period, comprising of cartoons from his day job as political cartoonist for The Guardian and The i Newspaper.

Ben Jennings is a UK-based cartoonist and illustrator who has produced work for a variety of clients worldwide. He’s probably best known for his cartoons for The Guardian and The i Newspaper, but clients also include Amnesty International, The Observer and Penguin Books.

His style can lend itself to serious subject matters, often tackling tricky topics with bold imagery, social comment and metaphor, as well more light-hearted and satirical work injecting a sense of humour and capturing likenesses when necessary with distinctive caricatures/portraits. 

Established in 1994 in London’s thriving Fitzrovia, The Coningsby Gallery has become renowned for its dedication to outstanding contemporary illustration, graphic art and selected fine art. Collaborating with both upcoming and internationally recognised artists, the gallery showcases a diverse range of fine, bold and innovative work.

• “Snowflake’s Progress” by Ben Jennings | 8th – 20th July 2024 | Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham St, London W1T 4RJ Web: coningsbygallery.com

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