|Angus Fairhurst | in loving memory...
|Mark Brown for "The Guardian"
Tuesday April 1, 2008
Angus Fairhurst, one of the original Young British Artists who blazed a trail through the 1990s, has taken his own life in a remote part of Scotland, it was announced yesterday. Fairhurst, aged 41, was one of the 16 Goldsmith's College students who took part in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze, of which the driving force was second year student Damien Hirst. It was the starting block for the YBAs and launched numerous careers, including those of Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas.Leading figures in the art world yesterday paid tribute to a well-liked artist who tended to play down his standing and talent. Police said his body was found on Saturday in woodland near the Bridge of Orchy, Argyll. A postmortem examination will be carried out. Hirst, Lucas and Fairhurst were close friends and exhibited together at Tate Britain in 2004 in the show entitled In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Hirst said yesterday: "He was a great artist and a great friend, he always supported me in fair weather and foul. He shone like the moon and as an artist he had just the right amount of slightly round the bend. I loved him."Lucas said: "Angus was a lovely man. Funny and kind. Very much loved by all his friends. Very much loved by me." ....
Fairhurst's London representatives, Sadie Coles HQ, where his exhibition closed on Saturday, said: "Angus was funny, ridiculously charming, a wonderful cook and great host, a crazy dancer, a radical gardener, a nature lover, and an intensely intelligent artist.
"He was a dear friend to numerous other artists and had a huge number of close friends from all walks of life. We will all miss his love and kindness."
Fairhurst studied at Goldsmiths with Hirst and the other YBAs, helping mount the famed Freeze exhibition in 1988. He was also for several years the partner and collaborator of fellow renowned YBA Sarah Lucas. He exhibited at the Apocalypse show at the Royal Academy in 2000 and Tate’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida with Hirst and Lucas in 2004...
I’m sorry and I won’t do it again
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
(Pembury 1966 - Argyll 29 March 2008)
Angus Fairhurst, 1992
Fairhurst (right) with Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas
at their collaborative show In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida in 2004.
Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA
Angus Fairhurst, Gallery Connections, 1991-6
© Tate 2005
Angus Fairhurst in postmedia.net | Dysuniversal (2004-2005)