About the work
Place: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, 100 Parliament Street
This arrangement consists of 21 found film posters that Leo Fitzmaurice has transformed into a galaxy of planets, through blocking out the majority of the image with permanent marker revealing selected areas of colour. This action both highlights the considered allure of advertising, and appropriates these cheap everyday objects to create a mesmeric constellation.
Fitzmaurice’s practice is based around the arrangement, framing or intervention of found objects into new configurations, temporary installations or found tableaus. His materials are infinite and range from doctored shopping bags to car headlights.
About the artist
Born in Newport, Leo Fitzmaurice lives and works in Merseyside. After studying painting at Leicester Polytechnic, Liverpool Polytechnic and Manchester Metropolitan University, he emerged in the mid-1990s as the prize winner of the Northern Young Contemporaries (1993) and with the inclusion of his work in the Arts Council England touring show of new purchases (1995). In 2004, Fitzmaurice was invited by the British Council to take part in the Artist Links residency at Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China. He was the recipient of the fifth Northern Art Prize in 2012. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, with selected solo exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2007); Frieze London Sculpture Park (2015);The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2018); and Humber Street Gallery, Hull (2020).
Leo Fitzmaurice (1963 - )
- ink on 21 pieces of printed paper
- height: 180.0 cm; width: 301.0 cm
- Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
- The Sunday Painter; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 18 March 2021
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