Please welcome Five Dials 47, a special issue of unfurling illustrations by the artist Paul Davis. As you scroll down through the issue you’ll see ink drawings, pen drawings, paintings of volcanoes, sculpture and, thankfully, more than one flowchart. Paul brings nuance and emotion to the flowchart form.
Why did we choose Paul’s work? He is the perfect person to issue a statement on the state of modern life. The title of the issue is ‘Other People’, and Paul knows all about the way we rely on, make fun of, become exasperated by, and turn in times of need to others. In this city, it’s often difficult to live amidst them. One of the illustrations in the issue features a Venn diagram. The three circles are titled Joy, Misery and Beautiful Confusion. Right in the middle, in the overlapping space, is London. These days, that sounds about right.