Ken Currie: Paintings and Writings is a hardback book featuring the work of Scottish artist Ken Currie, compiled and edited by the art historian Tom Normand. This edition provides a unique insight into the inner world of Ken Currie’s challenging and enigmatic art.
For over four decades Currie has created some of the most confrontational and intriguing paintings in the contemporary art world. For the first time, Currie has made available his studio journals. The result is a fascinating dialogue that explores the motives and aspirations of his inscrutable paintings.
I think painting has to be more – much, much more – than about paint. There has to be a vision and a voice, a feeling that is as much about ideas and emotions as sensual visual experience. Ken Currie
It is getting hard for artists to shock anyone... Ken Currie deserves credit for breaking through this moribund mood with grotesque new paintings that genuinely nauseate. Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
Ken Currie belongs in a great and distinctively Scottish imaginative tradition... He is a master of the business of painting, of hand and eye, but he does not stop at that. He uses his command of his means profoundly to comment on the world and cast some illumination in its dark places. Duncan Macmillan, The Scotsman
Scottish artist Currie studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He used industrial Glasgow as the subject of his early work, with paintings that were linear in style and modelled in block-like forms. In the early 1990s, Currie was much affected by political and humanitarian events in Eastern Europe. He began to depict decaying and damaged bodies as a response to what he felt was the sickness of contemporary society. From the mid-1990s, Currie's paintings became simpler. He focused on individuals instead of crowds and painted in haunting, luminous colours.