During his tragically short career Fairhurst experimented in a range of different mediums including painting, sculpture, performance and installation. His work was imbued with a subtle wit that touched on subjects such as the ubiquity and power of advertising and the mass media, the nature of the self, and the emptiness of expression.
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Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008) was one of the most influential members of the group of artists associated with London’s Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s. He participated in the seminal exhibition, Freeze, which introduced the world to a generation who became known as the Young British Artists, setting the tone for contemporary art in the UK over the next two decades.
"I’m interested in how far you can push something until it’s completely destroyed, because I think it’s not just destruction – you’re making something else. There is a transformation in this process of overlayering and overgilding the lily…"
Angus Fairhurst, one of the original Young British Artists who blazed a trail through the 1990s, has taken his own life in a remote part of Scotland, it was announced yesterday. Fairhurst, aged 41, was one of the 16 Goldsmith’s College students who took part in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze, of which the driving force was second year student Damien Hirst. It was the starting block for the YBAs and launched numerous careers, including those of Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas…
For his collages, Angus Fairhurst seems to adopt twin approaches of iconoclasm and censorship. “Body and text removed” is the refrain in the titles of these works, which were made with magazine and billboard advertisements and a very sharp pair of…