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Ground-breaking exhibition from former Bournemouth student raises £1m
THE ground-breaking solo exhibition from Bourne-mouth-based visual artist Stuart Semple has grossed more than £1million.
Suspend Disbelief featured a new body of work to coincide with Frieze Art Fair including an eye-catching sculpture entitled Floating Granny.
Former Poole college stud-ent Stuart sells his work in New York, Milan, London and Hong Kong and has celebrity fans including Noel Gallagher, Dave Stewart and Debbie Harry.
Exploring concurrent the-mes of life, death and entertainment, the exhibition included holograms, an inflatable jumping door and several immersive video artworks.
Stuart, 33, who grew up in Bournemouth, said: “Suspen-sion of disbelief doesn’t stop at entertainment. It extends to our whole lives, especially in the West.
“I think we’ve suspended disbelief in the fact that we’re all dying. That’s universal. We’re all mortal, but it’s not a bad thing.
“Only by acknowledging the inevitability of death are we able to truly live.”
The exhibition ran from October 16 to October 20 and was held over two floors of the Heritage Rooms in Blooms-bury Square. Bauer Art Foundation purchased 14 paintings, rang-ing from £30,000 to £66,000 ahead of the exhibition opening.
The contemporary artist left Dorset 10 years ago but last year he returned to Bourne-mouth and Poole College to open the new £1million North Lights Centre for art and design and decided to stay.
He also recently showed his support for a new mental health awareness campaign from Time to Change by creating exclusive ‘get well soon’ cards and gave his artwork away for free to youngsters in Bournemouth.
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