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Stuart Semple: It's Hard To Be A Saint In This City    Feb 16 - Mar 17, 2012

This Time, We’ll Fade Out Tonight
Stuart Semple
This Time, We’ll Fade Out Tonight, 2011
 
Freak
Stuart Semple
Freak, 2011
 
False & Inflatable Feeling
Stuart Semple
False & Inflatable Feeling, 2011
 
Geeks
Stuart Semple
Geeks, 2011
 
The Sound Of My Heart Breaking In The Dark
Stuart Semple
The Sound Of My Heart Breaking In The Dark, 2012
 
Fate... Up Against Your Will
Stuart Semple
Fate... Up Against Your Will, 2011
 
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The Cat Street Gallery is proud to present It’s Hard To Be A Saint In This City, a new series of works on paper, large scale paintings, foam sculptures and modified readymades by British artist Stuart Semple. Against the atmospheric backdrop of a creepy teen supernatural TV show, Semple weaves a story of a loser’s prayer to be more than human, to control and dominate their environment. Whilst doing so he makes a clear judgement over humankind’s longings for fame and fortune or triumph over mass-media culture. Rather like anti-anthems for teenage weirdo’s these new works are firmly dedicated to the loner kids like Stuart who only had their dreams to get them through the day.

The works depict a multi-faceted, pick and choose, hybrid environment, that visually is totally defined by mass culture and pop. This space is inhabited by all of us and defined by our choices, desires and preferences, which in turn dictate the form of our surroundings. The work critiques the ‘us-and-them’ separateness that comes out of this disparity. In pop one is always an observer or a consumer, never really a co-creator.

A traumatic near death experience at the age of 19 resulted in Semple’s insatiable dedication towards painting. Since selling his early work to Debbie Harry, and being persuaded to move to London by legendary art dealer Anthony d’Offay, Semple went on to create his seminal performance ‘HappyCloud’ from London’s Tate Modern in which he flooded the London skyline with thousands of pink smiley clouds at the height of the recession.

Semple regularly exhibits worldwide and has held successful solo exhibitions in Italy, Hong Kong, London and New York. His works can be found in major international collections including the Getty, Langen, David Roberts and Niarchos foundations and on the walls of One Hyde Park. Semple’s works have also been well received during top international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, ARTHK art Fair, Frieze and Art Chicago. He has been featured across the media including BBC, Esquire, The Art Newspaper, Vogue, The Telegraph, Observer, i-D, and Art Review.

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