Angust Fairhurst (October 4, 1966 – March 29, 2008), a critically acclaimed yet often more low-profiled member of the Young British Artists, was a thoughtful, playful artist with a deceptively dark and doleful sensibility, along with a strong appreciation of humor and the absurd. He attended Goldsmiths College with Damien Hirst, one of his closest friends, and was in the seminal British DIY group show Freeze, organized by those classmates in 1988.
Over is his career, Fairhurst worked in video, installation, photography, painting, and sound, and the image of a gorilla was a repeated motif in his work.
Much quoted (and apologies for the Wiki nature of this), but I must add:
Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate gallery, said:
“Angus Fairhurst was always deprecating about his own talent, but he made some of the most engaging, witty and perceptive works of his generation and was an enormously influential friend of other British artists who came to prominence in the early nineties.”
Represented primarily by Sadie Coles HQ in London, Fairhurst exhibited extensively throughout the world. Some select exhibitions include: Brilliant! New Art From London, at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, Apocalypse, at The Royal Academy, London, Casino 2001, at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium, and of course the much lauded and controversial Sensation, a world-touring show of the Saatchi Collection.
FWCA is very proud to present one of Fairhurst’s most important sculptures, “A Couple of Differences Between Thinking and Feeling,” first exhibited in the exhibition In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida at Tate Britain in 2004. The piece is on generous loan to us courtesy of the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas.
We at FWCA feel the need to display this melancholy, droll, introspective sculpture in isolation, free from from any visual or psychological static. It will stand alone as a tribute to this wonderful artist we lost all too soon.