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Mat Collishaw

Flesheaster 4, 2000

Mat Collishaw

Mat Collishaw, the photography and video artist, was part of the iconic Freeze exhibition in 1988 which launched the careers of the Young British Artists. An alumnus of Goldsmiths, Collishaw’s photographs and videos play illusionary games with seductive imagery of beauty, sex, nature and violence.

Sometimes using new technology, sometimes old, Collishaw twists historical themes with the contemporary to explore and question our visual desires.

Flesheater 4 is taken from a series of computer-manipulated photographs. At first sight we see a dense collage of organic forms, foliage and colour, almost Pre-Raphaelite in its sumptuous richness. Looking below the surface we see tangled up in the undergrowth a layered collage of a rare orchid, a porn model and a flesh-eating tropical plant.

Last year Collishaw exhibited two new site-specific works at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in Yorkshire.

Artwork specifications

  • Silkscreen in 10 colours with one halftone colour set and one glaze, printed on 400 gsm Somerset
  • Tub Sized paper
  • Height 87cm x width 74cm
  • Unframed
  • Edition of 300
  • Signed, dated and numbered by the artist

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Guide price: £400
Donated by: Mat Collishaw and Counter Editions
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