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Creatures on show in Paradise Row

PUBLISHED: 13:02 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

Reigate's 'cartoonesque' art

Reigate's 'cartoonesque' art

PAINTINGS, sculptures and drawings of depraved cartoon creatures on show at Bethnal Green's Paradise Row gallery presents a riotous, chaotic, 'carnivalesque' universe inhabited by warped Disney and Warner Brothers characters, by artist Barry Reigate

PAINTINGS, sculptures and drawings of depraved cartoon creatures on show at Bethnal Green's Paradise Row gallery presents a riotous, chaotic, 'carnivalesque' universe inhabited by warped Disney and Warner Brothers characters, writes Victoria Huntley.

The exhibition by artist Barry Reigate includes well-loved characters such as Bambi, Pinocchio and skunk impersonator Penelope Pew which are 'mutilated' in paintings, while zombified human-sized bunnies dominate the sculptural element of the show.

Reigate was taught to draw by his identically-named father, who was incarcerated at Wandsworth Prison, and used to send postcards dotted with the figures of Tom and Jerry and Mickey Mouse.

Happiness by Barry Reigate, his first major London show, is at Paradise Row in Hereford Street until Sunday, April 20.

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