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Fireeye Elevator
© the artist. Photo credit: Government Art Collection

Fireeye Elevator 2010

Michael Stubbs (b.1961)

Government Art Collection

Painter of vibrant abstract/Pop pictures, born in West Sussex. Food imagery was a feature of his early 1990s works, when he achieved recognition for a series of paintings that sculpturally imitated, in paint, overly decorated wedding cakes. His solo exhibition at Entwistle in 2002 extended his interest in layering, depth and opticality, references to the process of abstraction, consumerism, decoration and humour mixing the serious and the sensual. A further Entwistle show followed in 2004. Stubbs did a foundation course at West Sussex College of Art and Design, 1978–9; graduated in fine art from Bath Academy of Art, 1984–7; gained his master’s at Goldsmiths’ College, 1988–90; and his doctorate there, 1999–03. His many group exhibitions included Countdown, Chisenhale Gallery, 1990; New Voices, British Painting 1989–93, Musée National d’Histoire at d’Art, Luxembourg, and extensive European tour, 1993; Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Western European Union, Brussels, 1996; British Painting in the 90s, Hollenbach Gallery, 1998; So Nearly Exotic, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, 2001; Lexmark European Art Prize: UK Finalists, Eyestorm Gallery, 2003; and Stay Positive, Morrella Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy, and Decision Abstraction, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, both 2004.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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