Angus Fairhurst was born in Kent in 1966 and studied at Canterbury Art College and Goldsmiths College, London. In 1988 he participated in the ground-breaking group exhibition Freeze along with contemporaries including Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas.
Fairhurst’s work is often structured like an open-ended riddle, in which clues in the form of wordplay or visual puns are left unresolved. He is best known for his bronze gorilla sculptures and his collages of billboard advertisements and fashion magazines with the body and text removed, but he works across a range of media, from photography and painting to performance, video and animation. Appropriation is at the core of much of his practice. As well as constructing anthropomorphic or stylised versions of nature, he also borrows material and images, subverting their original appearance and value, to create new forms which are at times humorous, or elegant, but always ambivalent.
His work was included in Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away, Serpentine Gallery (1994); Brilliant! – New Art from Britain, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1995); Apocalypse, Royal Academy (2000); Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern (2001); Casino 2001, Smak, Gent (2001); and Man in the Middle, Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main (2002). In 2004 Fairhurst participated in the exhibition In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida with Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas at Tate Britain. In 2004 two museums also held one-person shows of his work: Unwork, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, and Dysuniversal, Georg Kargl, Vienna.
Paul Noble was born in Dilston, Northumberland in 1963 and studied at Humberside College of Higher Education (1983 - 86) and Sunderland Polytechnic (1982 - 83). He received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2000 and his work is represented in public collections including, The British Council, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Middlesborough Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Simmons & Simmons, and the Tate Gallery.
He has shown extensively both nationally and internationally since the 1990s. Selected solo exhibitions include Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2005); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2004); Gorney Bravin+Lee, New York (2000); NOBSON, Chisenhale Gallery, London (1998) and City Racing, London (1990). Selected group shows include China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles (2006);On Line, Louisiana Contemporary, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2005); Sodio y asfalto, Arte Britanico Contemporaneo en Mexico (2004); 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (2003); Days Like These, The Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain (2003); Strike, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2002); (The World May Be) Fantastic, Biennale of Sydney (2002); Protest & Survive, curated by Paul Noble and Matthew Higgs, Whitechapel Art Gallery (2000); British Art Show 5, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Southampton City Art Gallery; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2000); Abracadabra, Tate Gallery (1999); The Last Show, City Racing (1998); Life/Live, co-curated by Laurence Bosse & Hans-Ulrich Obrist, ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, (1996).
Alison Wilding was born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1948. She studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, Kent from 1967 to 1970 and at the Royal College of Art, London from 1970 to 1973.
Alison has had numerous one-person exhibitions since 1970, including the Serpentine Gallery, London (1985), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1987/88), Tate Liverpool (1991) and at the Musee des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelles de Calais in 1996. Her most recent major solo exhibition was Contract at the Henry Moore Foundation (2000/01). Alison has also been involved in several major public commissions including Ambit, installed in early 1998 on the River Wear in Sunderland.
Publications include: Victoria Pomery (ed.) Alison Wilding: Echo, Angel Row Gallery and Karsten Schubert, London 1995 and Annette Haudiquat (ed.) Alison Wilding Sculptures 1989-1996, Musee des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelles de Calais, 1996.