Phlegm (artist)

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Phlegm's interpretation of a character in The Triumph of David by Nicholas Poussin, produced for Dulwich Outdoor Gallery in Dulwich, south London, England, in 2013.[1]

Phlegm is a British Sheffield-based muralist and artist who first developed his illustrations in self-published comics.[2]The name 'Phlegm' came from one of the four temperaments in ancient Greek medicine; blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm. Phlegm was believed to be responsible for an apathetic and unemotional temperament.[3]


Phlegm's work features in the urban landscape, and can mostly be seen in run-down and disused spaces. Phlegm creates surreal illustrations to an untold story, weaving a visual narrative that explores the unreal through creatures from his imagination.[4]

Phlegm's storybook-like imagery is half childlike, half menacing,[5] set in 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. Each drawing forms part of a grand narrative that extends worldwide, in countries including Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, USA, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and Australia.[6] His work has also appeared in a variety of objects such as airplanes, boats, buildings, vehicles and many street art festivals.[7]


Phlegm's first solo show The Bestiary took place at the Howard Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Street, London from 1 February to 25 March 2014.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]


In January 2013, Phlegm painted on the Village Underground wall in London, UK.[15][16][17][18]

In February 2014, Phlegm teamed up with RUN and Christiaan Nagel on a mission to give final moments of vivacious life to yet another to be demolished building in London - the Blithehale Medical Centre in Bethnal Green.[19][20][21]

Phlegm was one of around 150 artists to paint murals in the Djerbahood Project in Erriadh, Tunisia, in the summer of 2014.[22]

In August 2016, Phlegm painted what's billed as the world's tallest mural (8 storeys) in Toronto at 1 St. Clair West. Toronto resident Stephanie Bellefleur was his assistant.[23]


  1. ^ "The Outdoor Street Gallery of Dulwich". Inspiring City. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Phlegm's official website
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Phlegm, Indigits
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Street artist Phlegm’s murals from around the world, The Guardian, 2014 [3].
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ Phlegm, The Bestiary, Howard Griffin Gallery 2014
  9. ^ Phlegm exhibition – The Bestiary – 1 February at Howard Griffin Gallery, 2014 [5]
  10. ^ Graffiti fantasy creatures by Phlegm exhibited in east London, Dezeen Magazine, 2014 [6]
  11. ^ On View: Phlegm’s "The Bestiary" at Howard Griffin Gallery, Hi Fructose, 2014 [7]
  12. ^ Showing: Phlegm – "The Bestiary" @ Howard Griffin Gallery, Arrested Motion, 2014 [8]
  14. ^ London: Street art show at the Howard-Griffin gallery, The Independent, 2014 [10]
  15. ^ Phlegm, Street art London, 2013
  16. ^ ‘Making of the Wall’ – Phlegm, Street art London, 2013
  17. ^ ‘Finished Wall’ – Phlegm, Street art London, 2013
  18. ^ Street Art: Phlegm Paints Up Village Underground, The Londonist, 2013
  19. ^ In These Streets: The Best Street Art From February 2014, Complex, 2014 [11]
  20. ^ Video: Last Breath II – with Phlegm / RUN / Christiaan Nagel, UK Street Art, 2014 [12]
  21. ^ Phlegm, Christiaan Nagel & RUN For Last Breath II - London, UKStreet Art News, 2014 [13]
  22. ^ "Tunisian street art - in pictures", 3 September 2014 [14]
  23. ^ Luc Rinaldi, "St. Clair’s newest piece of public art is a living, breathing portrait of Toronto", Toronto Life, August 2016. [15]

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