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British painter and sculptor, born in Tenterden, Kent. He graduated from *Goldsmiths College in 1988 and participated in Damien *Hirst's ‘Freeze’ exhibition in that year. His work up until 1993 was in the form of large rectangular paintings reminiscent of hospital swing doors. He was playing on the architectural associations of big abstracts. Afterwards he embarked on the paintings for which he is best known. These are in highly reflective gloss paint, representing recognizable forms in simple outlines. As source material, he sometimes uses celebrity figures such as Sid Vicious or the radio disc jockey Tony Blackburn, popular with the older generation but rather a joke for the young, familiar enough to be identifiable but not yet a cliché.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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