Matthew Darbyshire - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Herald St, London

  • Exhibited

    London, The Saatchi Gallery, Newspeak: British Art Now, 30 May - 17 October 2010
    Ipswich Art School, Revisitations: Saatchi Gallery returns to Ipswich Art School, 12 March - 26 August 2012

  • Literature

    Newspeak: British Art Now, Exh. Cat., The Saatchi Gallery, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2010, p. 77

  • Catalogue Essay

    Matthew Darbyshire provocatively repackages the homogenisation of contemporary design: the moulded retro-future furnishings and CMYK colour schemes that dominate both public and private space. Democratised from minimalist couture chic to high-street decor to budget home-ware chintz, Darbyshire’s assembled objects try to define just what it is that makes candy-coloured plastic so modern, so appealing. Replicating a domestic display, Untitled: Shelves No. 5 presents a collection of purchased goods: a Verner Panton miniature and a bong, religious icons and cocktail glasses, all fabricated in the same style, the numbing yet infinitely seductive hallmark of lifestyle aspiration.


Untitled: Shelves No.5 (and 3 details)

glass, acrylic, resin, chipboard, metal, wood
overall 140 x 110 x 30 cm. (55 1/8 x 43 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.)
Signed and dated ‘M Darbyshire 2008’ on the underside of a shelf.

£8,000 - 12,000 ♠†

Sold for £10,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London 28 June 2013 2pm