In this exhibition, five ground-breaking artists – each radically different in his or her approach – portray each other and themselves.
All the artists are friends who have depicted each other at different times throughout their association, and whose portraits are being displayed together for the first time.
The exhibition centres on paintings and drawings made over the past decade by Maggi Hambling in which she portrays Sebastian Horsley, Sarah Lucas, Julian Simmons and Juergen Teller. These works are in dialogue with portraits of Hambling made by the other living artists. It is both a highly personal sequence of artistic interactions and a celebration of portraiture and its ongoing possibilities.
The exhibition has its roots in a 2005 meeting at The Colony Room Club, Soho, where Hambling was introduced to Sarah Lucas by their mutual friend Sebastian Horsley. Hambling and Lucas became friends themselves and later made portraits of each other, providing the creative catalyst for this exhibition.
The Quick and the Dead also features self-portraits by each of the artists, revealing how their visions of each other find parallels – or precedents – in their images of themselves.