Unknown Man by Ken Currie A5 postcard

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A5 (14.8 x 21 cm)

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A5 (14.8 x 21 cm) single postcard featuring Unknown Man by Ken Currie, part of the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

This portrait depicts the preeminent forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black, Baroness Black of Strome (born 1961). In her autobiographical work All That Remains: A Life in Death, she gives an account of growing up in the Scottish Highlands, working in a butcher’s shop from the age of 12, and going on to study anatomy at the University of Aberdeen. She has said that forensic anthropology ‘reconstructs the life led’ and the job of a forensic anthropologist is ‘to reunite the identity constructed during a life with what remains of the corporeal form in death.’

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.