Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sebastian Horsley

Sebastian Horsley (1962 - 2010) was one of the most shocking of the new wave of British shock artists. He was best known for a piece of art in which he filmed and later painted his own crucifixion (as detailed in the article below) and wrote extensively about his reliance on drugs and prostitutes. He had the dubious 'honor' of being denied entry to the United States for reasons of 'moral turpitude' (depravity), and died in June 2010 following an overdose of cocaine and heroin. I think he is more likely to be remembered for his eccentricities rather than his art, and appeared to me to be more of a self-publicist than an artist in the true sense of the word. However, he did stretch the boundaries of taste and pose some interesting questions about aesthetics.    

British Painter Suffers Crucifixion for His Art

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