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Josh Garcia: Retroverse

Fri. 20 November 2020 — Wed. 20 January 2021


Illustrator Josh Garcia from the ArtWorks collective presents his first solo online exhibition, Retroverse.

Retroverse features 63 pieces of digital and traditional art that Josh created since the start of the pandemic. Josh explores both fictional scenes and current events in his work, with references to the pandemic and the NHS alongside characters drawn from his imagination. Many artworks also refer lovingly to his home county of Yorkshire, while some of the characters he depicts draw on his own experiences, such as Elijah the Autism Fairy. Throughout the exhibition is a nod to nostalgia, as Josh takes inspiration from the retro imagery of 1930s cartoons and 80s and 90s animation.

Discover Josh's stories and characters as you navigate the online exhibition, laid out in a digital recreation of a gallery space.

Visit the Retroverse exhibition

Josh is part of the collective of artists supported by ArtWorks, a South Yorkshire based arts organisation that helps artists with learning disabilities and autism to achieve their creative potential. Find out more about ArtWorks in their Meet the Locals Q&A.

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