Damian Le Bas

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Damian Le Bas
Born(1963-01-30)January 30, 1963
DiedDecember 9, 2017(2017-12-09) (aged 54)
NationalityBritish
OccupationBritish artist

Damian Le Bas (30 January 1963, Sheffield – 9 December 2017, Worthing) was a British artist associated with the Outsider Art (or "Art Brut") label, as well a leading exponent of the "Roma Revolution" in art.

Life[edit]

Le Bas was of Roma heritage.[1] Le Bas attended the Royal College of Art.[2]

He lived and worked with his wife, the Romany artist Delaine Le Bas,[2] in West Sussex on the south coast. He was the father of writer Damian Le Bas.

Collections[edit]

Since 1987 several of Le Bas' pieces are held in the Musgrave-Kinley Collection of works by key Outsider artists, administered by Monika Kinley, until her death in 2014.[3][4] His more recent work is found, among others, in the collections of Perpetuum Mobile.

Exhibitions[edit]

He exhibited frequently in the UK and Germany, and his works have been shown at Moderna Museet in Sweden,[5] in Japan, France, Finland and the United States. He was well known in Outsider Art circles, and was exhibited as part of a survey-show of Art Brut at Malmö Konsthall in 1991.[6] He was a participant of the Prague Biennale 3.[7]

In later years, the Traveller - Romani - Gypsy experience became a recurrent theme in his work. Le Bas was invited to participate in the 1st Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.[8] He subsequently became a driving force behind the Perpetual Romani-Gypsy Pavilion in Venice in 2009[9] and the co-initiator of the 4th Roma Pavilion which took place in Berlin in 2013.[10]

He exhibited frequently in the UK and Germany, and his works have been shown in Japan, France, Finland, Sweden and in the United States.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High-profile stories of children expose Europe's anti-Roma prejudice". Retrieved 11 December 2017 – via The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ a b Steward, Sue (29 October 2000). "Outsider dealing". The Observer. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ Dempsey, Andrew (6 April 2014). "Monika Kinley obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Britischer Künstler: Damian Le Bas ist tot". 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017 – via Spiegel Online.
  5. ^ a b "The Invisible Faces of Europe: Pop-Up Exhibition and Panel Debate - Perpetual Mobile". Perpetual Mobile. 2015-11-30. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  6. ^ a b "SARLINGAR, Art Brut, Outsider Art ( 1991, Malmo konsthallas katalog )". Damian Le Bas | Art Brut. 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  7. ^ a b "PRAGUEBIENNALE3". Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Paradise Lost: The First Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale". Open Society Foundations. 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  9. ^ "SUPPORTERS of the PERPETUAL ROMA-GYPSY PAVILION - Perpetual Mobile". Perpetual Mobile. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  10. ^ "The 4th Roma Pavilion: SAFE EUROPEAN HOME? Berlin - Perpetual Mobile". Perpetual Mobile. 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2017-12-25.
  11. ^ Acton, Thomas. "Damian Le Bas". Universes in Universe. Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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