The Quick and the Dead is an exhibition of five ground-breaking artists – each radically different in his or her approach – whose lives have intersected at various points.
The artists are friends who have portrayed each other at different moments, and are being displayed together for the first time this autumn at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.
In this new exhibition, The Quick and the Dead centres on paintings and drawings made over the past decade by Maggi Hambling, in which she has portrayed Horsley, Lucas, Simmons and Teller. These works are in dialogue with portraits of Hambling made by the other living artists.
This is highly personal, a sequence of artistic interactions, and a celebration of portraiture and its ongoing possibilities. The Quick and the Dead also features self-portraits by each of the artists, revealing how their visions of each other find parallels – or precedents – in their images of themselves. With portraiture at the heart of this exhibition, Hambling says “A portrait is like a love affair - an intimate, challenging and complex thing.”