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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951, in Bradford.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Figures, portraits.

Tony Bevan was educated at Bradford School of Art (1968-1971), Goldsmiths College (1971-1974) and the Slade School of Fine Art (1974-1976).

Bevan has been compared to Francis Bacon, Edvard Munch and Philip Guston. He paints the human form, depicting extreme psychological states of anxiety and alienation, yet concentrating as much on the body as on the face. Using charcoal, he draws straight onto the wet canvas to create densely worked areas which contrast with flat expanses of strong colour in acrylic. Heavy outlines in red or black show the structures of the body beneath the skin, so that the figures seem to be covered in scars. This imparts a rough physicality to the figures, which seem deformed and haggard, recalling the suffering faces of the French writer and actor Antonin Artaud; but in their stylisation the lines also take on a life of their own as abstract forms. The starkness of portrayal can be viewed as aggressive or confrontational, but the figures also appear vulnerable, with a focus on the more fragile parts of the body, such as the neck, wrists or insides of the arms....

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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France.

Born 1952, in Benicarlo.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, medallist. Landscapes with figures, urban landscapes. Statuettes.

Jorge Borras trained at the Real Academia Catalana de Bellas Artes de San Jorge in Barcelona. He is general secretary of the association of Spanish artists and intellectuals in France. Borras specialised in statuettes of young women captured in everyday postures. A certain softness of form is balanced by graceful signs of movement. For the Paris Mint, he created a medallion of Pope Benedict XIII, the last Avignon pope....

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British, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 10 June 1953, in Glossop (Derbyshire).

Print artist, painter, watercolourist, pastellist, draughtswoman.

Eileen Cooper studied at Goldsmith's College in London (1971-1974) and at the Royal College of Art (1974-1977). She was elected a member of the Royal Academy in ...

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Martine Reid

Native American Haida sculptor, metalworker, printmaker and blanket-maker. He was the grandson of the Haida blanket- and basket-maker Florence Davidson (1895–1993), and great-grandson of the Haida wood-carver Charles Edenshaw. He began carving argillite as a teenager in Masset, and in 1966 he met ...

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Octavia Nicholson

English sculptor, installation artist, painter, and printmaker. He was a leading figure in the group of ‘Young British Artists’ who emerged, predominantly in London, in the 1990s. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London (1986–9), and in 1988 curated the exhibition Freeze, which provided a new platform to show his own work and that of many of his Goldsmiths’ contemporaries, some of whom have since become internationally renowned. His works are explicitly concerned with the fundamental dilemmas of human existence; his constant themes have included the fragility of life, society’s reluctance to confront death, and the nature of love and desire, often clothed in titles which exist somewhere between the naive and the disingenuous. The works typically make use of media that challenge conventional notions of high art and aesthetic value and subject-matter that critiques the values of late 20th-century culture....

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1962, in Tenterden, Kent.

Painter, printmaker, graphic artist. Figures, architecture.

Young British Artists.

Gary Hume studied at the Liverpool Polytechnic from 1985 to 1986, and at Goldsmiths College in London from 1986 to 1988. He was among a group of Goldsmith's graduates that featured in a show curated by fellow student Damien Hirst in ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951, in Winksele.

Engraver. Medals, postage stamps, coins.

Paul Huybrechts studied at the academies in Louvain and Brussels. He completed his training at the Pforzheim art school in Germany and with Huguenin Médailleurs in Le Locle in Switzerland. He works for the Belgian postal service (25 stamps), the Royal Mint (500 Belgian Franc Piece) and issuers of medals (some 100 pieces, including Henri-Maria Thérésa of Luxembourg, the World Health Prize and the League of Arab States)....

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British, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1967, in Penzance.

Installation artist, photographer, printmaker.

Young British Artists.

Abigail Lane studied at Bristol Polytechnic (1985-1986), and at Goldsmiths College, London (1986-1989). She co-curated the seminal Freeze exhibition with Damien Hirst and became one of the group of artists that came to be known as the Young British Artists....

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Morgan Falconer

English painter and printmaker. He studied at Sheffield City Polytechnic (1985–8) and at Goldsmiths’ College, London (1995–8). He emerged in the mid-1990s with paintings that he described as ‘cognitive landscape’. Built up from a series of black-and-white silhouettes, his images often seem simultaneously like collections of schematic motifs and like scenes derived from a specific viewpoint, often rigidly defined by fences and plants placed in the immediate foreground. Such is the case with ...

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Irish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Ireland.

Born 1953, in Manchester.

Painter, draughtsman (including charcoal), engraver.

Hughie O'Donoghue completed a Master's degree in art at Goldsmiths College in 1982. In 1995, he moved to County Kilkenny, Ireland. Using old letters, journals and photographs, O'Donoghue embraces the lives, myths and symbolism of the Irish people, particularly those of his own family. His earthy, organic paintings often incorporate photographs that have been painted over, removed, and painted over several times more, shifting framework and context with each new layer. This process enables O'Donoghue to obscure the boundaries of the medium and confound the narrative content in the same way that the mind distorts and disfigures memories. In his 24-part series ...