Phlegm is a Sheffield-based artist who first developed his illustrations in self-published comics. His surreal illustrations can often be found on walls in run-down and disused spaces – his preferred locations.
Phlegm’s storybook-like imagery is half childlike, half menacing; depicting built-up cityscapes with castles, turrets and winding stairways. At other times the city itself is the setting for his long limbed half-human, half-woodland creatures. In this dream world a viewer comes across impossible flying machines and complex networks of levers, pulleys and cogs, set beside telescopes, magnifying glasses and zephyrs.
Working solely in monochrome, his fine technique and intricate detail can be seen as a curiosity cabinet of the mind with each drawing forming part of a grand narrative that extends worldwide in countries including Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, USA, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Australia.