David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality of Dreams

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

16 April – 15 June 2014

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A selection of paintings by the London-based poet and artist are exhibited at a UK venue for the first time in 20 years.

David Robilliard, Life Isn’t Good, It’s Excellent, 1987

Described by Gilbert & George as ‘the new master of the modern person’, Robillard was a key figure of the London art scene in the 1980s. He published books and postcards of his poetry, as well as contributing to publications such as The Fred, Square Peg and The Manipulator, and and even appeared in the film The World of Gilbert & George. 

His paintings combine figurative elements with text from his poems. The prose is often based on his experiences of the capital's gay scene, alluding to intimate sexual encounters and passing infatuations.

Robilliard’s paintings appeared in numerous gallery exhibitions during his lifetime, as well as being shown in venues such as London's Hippodrome and L'Escargot restaurant.

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