Artworks by major contemporary British artists Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Rachel Whiteread, Gavin Turk and Michael Craig Martin have been given a permanent home at Pallant House Gallery. The six works are a gift to the Gallery from Frank and Lorna Dunphy under the Cultural Gifts Scheme.
Ranging from paintings to sculptures, the new artworks help demonstrate the legacy of British Pop Art and the development of conceptual art in Britain through the works of the Young British Artists (YBAs). The YBAs were a loose group of British artists who began exhibiting together in the late 1980s. They became famous for their openness to materials and processes, shock tactics and entrepreneurial attitude.
Simon Martin, Director of Pallant House Gallery, said:
We are thrilled to receive Frank and Lorna Dunphy’s generous gift, comprising of major contemporary artworks by Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake and Michael Craig-Martin. Pallant House Gallery is often described as a ‘collection of collections’ and this remarkable addition will enable us to present the continuing history of British art from the 20th century to the present day. We are hugely grateful to Frank and Lorna for this extraordinary gift, as well as Sotheby’s, Arts Council England and DCMS for their support.