Self Portrait with Skull (from Self Portraits series 1990-98)

1997

Lucas, Sarah
Sarah Lucas was born in London, in 1962. After leaving the Working Men's College, London, in 1983 she attended the London College of Printmaking and then transferred to Goldsmith's College to complete her studies in art from 1984 to 1987. In 1988 she participated in the renowned group exhibition Freeze with contemporaries and fellow graduates of Goldsmiths, including Angus Fairhurst, Damien Hirst, and Gary Hume. Other works and exhibitions include The Shop in Bethnal Green Road, which Lucas opened and ran with artist Tracey Emin for six months in 1993 and Sensation, an exhibition from the collection of Charles Saatchi at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1997. Lucas continues to work and exhibit in partnership with the London gallery Sadie Coles HQ. In 1999 Lucas recycled twelve of her self portraits to make a set of prints. 'Self Portrait with Skull' is part of this series and is considered to be one of the most iconic of Lucas's images. In this work, the artist presents herself in a deliberately androgynous and aggressive pose, questioning the role and appearance of the modern artist whether male or female. Felice McDowell
  • Artwork Details: Frame, 93 x 75 x 3.2cm
  • Edition: 1/150 (+ 15 Artist's proofs)
  • Material description: iris print
  • Credit line: © the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
  • Theme: Portrait
  • Medium: Photography
  • Accession number: ACC11/2000

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