Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Strawberry Thief, Fine Arts Society

Selected by Jeremy Deller, The Strawberry Thief brought together works from eight contemporary artists with modern British forebears who have inspired or fascinated them. Deller’s chosen title for the show, The Strawberry Thief, from a design by William Morris, reflects the idea that each artist – to continue the fruit metaphor – has been cherry-picked specifically and, in turn, ‘stolen’ a motif or idea to produce the dedication.

The work of Chris Ofili, Peter Doig, Paul Noble, Steven Claydon, Stephen Fowler, Tasha Amini, Ed Hall and Nick Pankhurst was shown with works by Edward Bawden, Edward Burra, Richard Dadd, Morris & Co, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, Walter Sickert and Christopher Wood.

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