A gift from the artist
Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas: Exhibitions and Catalogue Raisonné 1989-2005, Ostfildern-Ruit 2005, p. 150, illustrations of other examples from the series
Sotheby's is honoured to present a selection of nine works from the Estate of Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008). One of the original and most influential members of the Young British Artists or YBAs, Angus's art was characterised as much by its brilliant inventiveness of style and medium as its witty provocation and profound sensitivity to human nature. Thoughtful, lyrical and self effacing, his work was conceived with conceptual rigour and formalism, even when challenging the parameters of the contemporary art milieu in which he worked. He exhibited in the groundbreaking Damien Hirst-curated Freeze show of 1988, an exhibition which introduced the world to a generation of artists whose approach and ideas – provocative, controversial, inventive – would set the tone for contemporary art in Britain for the next two decades.
Born in Kent in 1966, Fairhurst studied at Canterbury College of Art before proceeding to Goldsmiths, where he formed close friendships with Sarah Lucas, Hirst and Gary Hume. Fairhurst was later to collaborate with Lucas on various projects, and for several years was her boyfriend. Since the seminal Freeze show, Fairhurst exhibited in most of the subsequent important exhibitions of his generation: Brilliant! New Art From London at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis in 1995, Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away at the Serpentine in 1994, Apocalypse at the Royal Academy in 1997, and more recently as part of the Serpentine's In the darkest hour there may be light: Works from Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection (2006) and at the Tate's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in 2004.
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