Thursday May 28, 2020

Bowie and other mysterious figures

A dreamlike collection includes existentialist Campbell warriors, JB Yeats’s children under moonlight and several life-cast masks of the shapeshifting icon

3rd March, 2019
Joe Murray’s life-cast masks of David Bowie, taken for the horror film The Hunger

George Campbell’s gouache and ink on paper depiction from his Warrior series could be seen as a metaphor for today’s troubled world, but it was painted in 1961 – a 20th-century everyman.

Its curious genesis was explained by art historian Sile Connaughton Deeny: “George was an avid collector of small figurines, mainly of African origin, and it was these that inspired him to create the series. He saw them as ‘standing figures...

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