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Collectively titled vanitas Gibbons questions much that is shallow and fruitless about contemporary life and culture. His style of painting encourages a sombre view of the world, a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death. But throughout, his canvases wear their sophistication and intelligence lightly with wit and a deadpan humour. They are also very beautiful objects that remind us that the very best art can be meaningful without sacrifice to visual and emotional needs. 

Jeff Gibbons: Vanitas (2009)


Includes essay by Jo Melvin.

View the exhibition press release.

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