Robert Priseman
Lot #113

Kurt Cobain over Byzantine Icon (From FAME)

Tempera on holy board

7 x 5.5 in | 18 x 14 cm

Value: Priceless
Est. $4,500 - $5,000


Aquired directly from the artist

Artist Bio

Robert Priseman (born in Derbyshire 1965) is a British artist, collector, writer, curator and publisher who lives and works in Essex, England.

Priseman read Aesthetics and Art Theory at the University of Essex under art theorist Professor Michael Podro and began his working life as a book designer for Longman publishers (1989-1992). While there he started painting portraits in oils, sitters from this period include the Dalai Lama, Phil Collins, Jeremy Paxman and Cardinal Basil Hume with work being held in public collections including The Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, Corpus Christi College Cambridge and Cranfield University. In 2004 Priseman gave up portrait painting and embarked on thematic series of works aimed to engage the viewer in dialogue on provocative psychological and socio-political issues. Such works include The Hospital Paintings, Subterraneans, The Francis Bacon Interiors, No Human Way to Kill, The Troubles and Nazi Gas Chambers. Over 200 works of art by Priseman are held in art museum collections around the world including the V&A, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Musée de Louvain la Neuve, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, The Mead Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and The National Galleries of Scotland.

In 2013 Priseman, in partnership with artist, Simon Carter established Contemporary British Painting. In 2013 he donated a collection of twenty paintings by contemporary British artists, known as 'The Robert Priseman Gift', to the Falmouth Art Gallery, England. Robert Priseman and Simon Carter established 'East Contemporary Art: A collection of 21st Century Practice' at University Campus Suffolk, England. Priseman also collects paintings by British artists he admires and owns the ‘Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting’ which first went on museum display at Huddersfield Art Gallery in 2014. In 2010 he was appointed Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex and in 2015 Visiting Senior Fellow in Art at the Department of Art and Humanities, University Campus Suffolk.

In 2013 Priseman founded Contemporary British Painting in partnership with artist Simon Carter - a platform for contemporary painting in the UK. Formed to explore and promote critical context and dialogue in current painting practice through solo and group exhibitions; talks, publications and an art prize, Contemporary British Painting also facilitates the donation of paintings to art collections, galleries and museums in the UK and around the world.