In August, I was lucky enough to visit the incredible Highgate Cemetery during the London Letterheads Conference. I was so inspired by my walk around the the gorgeous graveyard, I decided to dedicate my next gallery show to it. It is truly a dream world for any Victorian Goth lover.
To me, Highgate is kind of a living city to the dead. Although, it is still a working cemetery, I loved exploring the darkest of the lost paths. Highgate was built in the 19th century as one of the London Cemeteries that were on the outskirts of town. It housed the bodies of people could no longer be buried within the churches of London. As time wore on, it now has wild vines wrapping around the graves, showcasing some, while burying others, it is filled with birds and animals as well as a spooky legend or two. I loved it.
There is something that is so wonderful about visiting old graveyards that seems to be missing these days. Victorians were surrounded by so much death everyday, that they sort of embraced death, now we seem to be are more afraid of it.
Here are some of my illustrations (and a few photos I took) inspired by my trip to this legendary cemetery in London.
I thought these portraits would be a perfect countdown to Halloween.
I hope you like them!
Debra Styer, Georgina in the Sun, 2018
Debra Styer, A Sacred Magpie, 2018
In a Disused Graveyard
Debra Styer, Mourning Flowers, 2018 (in progress)
Debra Styer, Caught in the Web, 2018
Debra Styer, Watching from Above, 2018
Debra Styer, The Woman in White, 2018
If you want to see these paintings in person, they are up in the Gallery until October 28th.
City Art Gallery
828 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
Prints from the show will be available mid-November in my shop!
I hope you enjoyed the show!
All images and Illustrations ©DebraStyer