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'Make your own damn art...'
Artist: Bob + Roberta Smith, 2004
Medium: Wax crayon on black paper
Size: 72.5cm x 52.5 cm

Bob and Roberta Smith is the pseudonym of the British artist and his real name is Patrick Brill (born 1963). He assumed the pseudonym whilst living and working for a short while with his sister, Roberta. His father is the landscape painter Frederick Brill who was head of the Chelsea School. Patrick is a contemporary artist, writer, author, musician, art education advocate and keynote speaker.

He is known for his "slogan" art, is an associate professor at Sir John Cass Department of Art at London Metropolitan University and has been curator of public art projects. He is best known from works: Make Art Not War, which belongs to the Tate collection; and Letter to Michael Gove.


His works have been exhibited and are in collections in Europe and the United States. Brill co-founded The Ken Ardley Playboys and hosts the Make Your Own Damn Music radio show.

In this work he used wax on black paper. The work is a horizontally rectangle. On both sides there are two slogans (in capitals letters) that are separated by the human face. Slogan on the left "BELIEVE IN DARWIN, ORWELL AND YOKO..."; on the right "MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN ART DON'T EXPECT ME TO DO IT". Signed lower left, glazed and framed.


This work was available at Roseberys: Art & Antiques on 05.10.2019.


This work was a Gift Aided donation to FARA Chiswick.

PRICE: £250
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