Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore are an artistic duo who have been working together since 1967 to create, what they termed, Art for All. They are renowned for their dapper dress sense and graphic creations in bright, bold colours.
Having met whilst studying at Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London, Gilbert and George found common ground in their belief to revolt against art’s elitism and create Art for All. Finding artistic expression in all aspects of everyday life, Gilbert and George declared themselves ‘living sculptures’. This meant becoming not only the creators of their work, but also the work itself. However, they refer to all of their work, be it illustration, photography, or paintings; as ‘sculptures’.
Through their photography, Gilbert and George have depicted themselves as naked figures, recasting the male nude as something vulnerable and fragile rather than as a potent figure of strength. Based in Spitalfields in London’s East End and counting the late David Bowie as a collector, their 40-year residence has also become the backdrop and inspiration for much of their work. In 2009, Gilbert and George exhibited Jack Freak Pictures, a series of over one-hundred-and-fifty images that including the Union Jack, the artists themselves and motifs found in London’s East End – which they view as a microcosm: “Nothing happens in the world that doesn’t happen in the East End.” George has said.
Today their works are highly sought after, To Her Majesty, sold for $3,767,198 at Christie’s London in 2008; with their limited edition prints being some of the most covetable.