British painter, born in Leeds. He is best known for what proved to be the most controversial exhibit in the 1997 *‘Sensation’ exhibition. This was a portrait, made in 1995, of the notorious child murderer Myra Hindley, based on a widely reproduced police photograph but made up of children's handprints. The issues went beyond the usual ‘modern art’ controversies about alleged incompetence or affronts to ‘public morality’. There was the problem about the hurt to those most involved, the families of the victims of the events of thirty years earlier. In this respect, there was a considerable difference between the exhibition of the work in a small gallery, to a handful of people, and widespread public exposure at the *Royal Academy.
Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)