Angus Fairhurst

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Angus Fairhurst
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Angus Fairhurst
Born (1966-10-04)4 October 1966
Pembury, Kent, England
Died 29 March 2008(2008-03-29) (aged 41)
Bridge of Orchy, Scotland
Nationality British
Education Canterbury Art College, Goldsmiths, University of London
Known for Conceptual art, sculpture
Movement Young British Artists

Angus Fairhurst (4 October 1966 – 29 March 2008) was an English artist working in installation, photography and video. He was one of the Young British Artists (YBAs).

Life and work[edit]

Fairhurst's Man Abandoned by Colour (1991)

Angus Fairhurst was born in Pembury, Kent. Having attended The Judd School between 1978 and 1985, he studied at Canterbury Art College 1985–1986, and graduated in 1989 in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, where he was in the same year as Damien Hirst. In February 1988, Fairhurst organised a show of student work, which was a precursor to the Freeze show largely organised by Hirst in July 1988 with sixteen other students from Goldsmith, including Fairhurst.[1] Fairhurst and Hirst became close friends and collaborated on many projects. Fairhurst was also for several years the partner and sometime-collaborator of Sarah Lucas.

Fairhurst's work was often characterised by visual distortion and practical jokes. In 1991, he did a piece in which he networked together the phones of leading contemporary art dealers in London so that they could only talk to each other – a witty and telling remark that the art world is often only interested in speaking to itself.

He worked in different media, including video, photography and painting, and is noted for sculptures of gorillas.[2]

A Couple of Differences Between Thinking and Feeling II, 2003, by Angus Fairhurst

Angus Fairhurst exhibited nationally and internationally after graduating from Goldsmiths. Exhibitions include Freeze and Some Went Mad and Some Ran Away, Brilliant! at the Walker Art Center and Apocalypse at the Royal Academy in 2001. A 2004 exhibition In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, was held at the Tate Gallery with Hirst and Lucas.

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate gallery, said:

Fairhurst exhibited at Sadie Coles HQ in London. On 29 March 2008, the final day of his third solo show at the gallery, he was found hanging from a tree in a remote Highland woodland near Bridge of Orchy in Scotland, having taken his own life.[4][5] He is survived by his mother and brother.[2]

Angus Fairhurst is represented by Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam.


  1. ^ Akbar, Arifa; Powell, Mariane. "Artist behind 1990s boom 'commits suicide'", The Independent, 1 April 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b Cramb, Auslan. "Britart founder Angus Fairhurst found hanged", The Daily Telegraph, 1 April 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  3. ^ Brown, Mark. "Artist Angus Fairhurst dead at 41", The Guardian, 31 March 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.
  4. ^ Oliver Basciano (31 March 2008), Angus Fairhurst (1966–2008), ARTINFO, retrieved 19 May 2008 
  5. ^ Gregor Muir. "Obituary - Angus Fairhurst", The Guardian, 2 April 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2008.


  • Angus Fairhurst, Sacha Craddock, James Cahill (foreword by Nicholas Serota), (London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2009)

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