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Ian Breakwell - The Elusive State of Happiness

  • Date: 12 January 2010
  • Area: Midlands

The Elusive State of Happiness is the first major retrospective exhibition of the late Ian Breakwell (1943 - 2005) that explores the unique voice of this very special artist, a man with an eye for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Ian Breakwell was a world renowned and prolific artist who took a multi-media approach to his observation of the minutiae of life through a wide range of media, including visual diaries, film works, TV, audio and drawings. The humour, mischief and oblique wonder at the world that permeates his verbal and visual legacy is already legendary.

Arguably Derby’s greatest artist since Joseph Wright, Ian Breakwell was born in Long Eaton, and is an alumnus of The University of Derby having graduated from Derby College of Art in 1964. His work can be found in public and private collections including Tate Gallery, Contemporary Art Society, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition is curated by QUAD in partnership with Anthony Reynolds Gallery and Felicity Sparrow.

Louise Clements, Senior Curator at QUAD, said, “He was an incredible, diverse artist and this is the first major retrospective of his work, so it’s appropriate we have it here in Derby. We are excited with the show and to be able to offer audiences a full exploration of his life’s work, from diaries, audioworks, moving image expanded cinema to text, drawings and photo-collage ”.

The exhibition will be free to visit. For venue opening times and further information, please visit the QUAD website.