Marcus Harvey/ Inselaffe
Jerwood Gallery presents a major exhibition of the celebrated English artist and painter Marcus Harvey. Part of the YBA (Young British Artists) movement, Harvey is a regular visitor of, and is closely associated with, Hastings - having family living in the town. His recent work aligns well with key aspects of 1066 history; its naval history, heroes & villains and the topography of the area/coastal landscape.
The exhibition will centre around Harvey's most recent work in ceramics, which forges motifs and emblems of Britishness: such as military memorabilia and joke shop knick-knacks into collaged portraits of historical figures - from Nelson to Margaret Thatcher, and from Napoleon to Tony Blair.
‘Inselaffe’ is a German word meaning ‘Island Monkeys’ and is used perhaps derogatively - but mostly light heartedly - to describe the people of England. It derives from a tongue in cheek theory that evolution must have stalled in the UK, as British people behave in such a yobbish manner.
The exhibition will be the largest public exposure of Harvey’s work to date and will run from 16 July - 16 October 2016.
Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 11am - 5pm Bank Holiday Monday 11am - 5pm
Image credits: Mark Cocksedge.
A very brief documentary: