Gilbert & George RA
Gilbert Prousch, born in Italy in 1943, and George Passmore, born in Plymouth in 1942 are two artists who have worked collaboratively as ‘Gilbert & George’ since the late sixties. They are known for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks, known as 'The Pictures', and for their formally-dressed performances as 'living sculptures'. Many of their work’s themes has focused on London’s East End, where they have resided since 1968.
Often appearing in their own Pictures, their work has addressed a wide variety of subject matter including sex, religion and patriotism. They have described these images as a sort of 'visual love letter from us to the viewer'. Several of these 'Pictures' have attracted media controversy for their often graphic content and depictions of sex, nudity and bodily fluids.
Gilbert and George's approach to art has always been anti-elitist. Adopting the slogan ‘Art for All’, they aimed to be relevant beyond the confines of the art world. The pair were elected Royal Academicians in March 2017. Their work is represented in the public collections of the Tate and Guggenheim, amongst many others, and were known to be collected by the late David Bowie.
Exhibitions at Gallagher & Turner:
101 Years of British Art
15 September - 21 October 2017
Dirty Words Pictures
100 x 69.5cm