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
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 all dressed up...
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