Although a quieter member of the Young British Artists (YBAs), Fairhurst was one of the most influential and perceptive. Since his death in 2008 his reputation has been on the rise and he is now being recognized as an engaging and extremely witty artist. His work was imbued with an incisive and anti-establishment sense of humor as well as an innate awareness of form. One of his most observant works, Gallery Connections, 1991 involved the… Read more
About the artwork
In Fairhurst's series of four screenprints When I Woke Up in the Morning, the Feeling was Still There, 1997, the colors red, yellow, blue, and green are superimposed on the images. The photographic part of the image is in black and white but the color has been mis-aligned with the edges of the white image in front of the figure. Fairhurst has stated "I wanted to play on the mis-alignment of the hard form and the notion of feeling, both physical and emotional, which is something you cannot be so sure about". Sometimes difficult and often hilarious Fairhurst was a standout member of the YBAs until his death in 2008. If could be said he was out of alignment with own time, an artist who's career was tragically cut short just as it was beginning to flourish.