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|Born||1960 (age 54–55)
North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK
Currie's paintings are primarily concerned with how the human body is affected by illness, ageing and physical injury. Closely related to these themes, his work also deals with social and political issues and philosophical questions. Although many of the images dealing with metaphysical questions do not feature figures, a human presence is nevertheless suggested.[how?]
Currie was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to paint a portrait of Peter Higgs, the theoretical physicist, which was unveiled in 2009. He is a "reluctant portraitist", and this was only his second portrait. He said, referring to the Higgs boson, "I am very interested in Peter's work. I don't for one second claim to grasp the theory, but I do understand the sublime, and there is a sublime quality to it all, a beauty, an awesome quality. In some respects, the subject is quite terrifying."
- Ken Currie: Immortality [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers 2010] London.
- Ken Currie: Animals [Catalogue of the exhibition held at Flowers 2008] London.
- Harrison, J. and Topp, G. (1995) Ken Currie: The Fourth Triptych and Other Works. Cleveland County Council.
- Works in the National Galleries of Scotland
- Ken Currie's artist page on Flowers Gallery
- BBC Your Paintings: works by Ken Currie in public British collections