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Purposeful Wandering

Gareth Fuller is an artist and explorer. His work acts as a layered gaze into the identity of urban and rural places, transcribing their personal, geographical, and social meanings into what he calls ‘maps of the mind’. The results of these transcriptions are vast and intricate hand-drawn compositions – a series of visual portraits that express his personal and purposeful wanderings. 

JOURNEYING INTO THE ART OF PLACE. UNRAVELLING STORIES. BECOMING LOST IN DISCOVERY.

The White Horse Inn was a nightclub, and refuge, playing popular music for Shanghai’s Jewish community, who found sanctuary in the city after fleeing Nazism. It has now been rebuilt into a cafe and stands opposite the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

Shanghai
(
2022
)

Pink Floyd floated Algie the pig above Battersea Powerstation in 1976 to create their album artwork. A gust of wind broke Algie free, the pig eventually landing in a field in Kent, upsetting a herd of cows.

London Town
(
2015
)

A universal thirst for beer defines North Korea’s selection of breweries and microbreweries. This imagined site is included as a feature from a district I was not allowed to visit.

Pyongyang
(
2019
)
My latest work is based on two weeks spent walking through as much of Pyongyang as is possible for a foreign tourist. The result is an intricately detailed hand-drawn panorama that pulls back the curtain on a city routinely shrouded in mystery.
The Guardian

Journaling

the spirit of the age.

Building palimpsests

of the past, present

and future