Expanding on Outset’s partnership with the Government Art Collection (GAC), we have launched the The TenTen Commission: a ten-year initiative produced by Outset with GAC, and sponsored by leading philanthropists Sybil Robson Orr and Matthew Orr.
Every year over the next decade, a British artist will be commissioned by GAC to create a unique, limited edition print which will be shown in diplomatic buildings across the world. A small number will be available for purchase through a collaboration with the pioneering philanthropic arts organisation Outset to raise funds for the GAC acquisition fund.
The first commission has been created by Turner Prize shortlisted artist, HURVIN ANDERSON. His work Still Life with Artificial Flowers is an intricate print that evokes a snapshot of the artist’s mother’s front room in Birmingham. Hurvin Anderson graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 and his distinct painting style is informed both by British painters such as Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews and David Hockney as well as a generation of Black British artists, Sonia Boyce, Eddie Chambers and Keith Piper. The youngest of eight siblings, Anderson was the only child not to be born in Jamaica, instilling an interest in his dual identity that plays throughout his work.
For the print commission, Anderson has worked with The Print Studio’s Kip Gresham and Alan Grabham to replicate sourced and saved fabrics and wallpapers. The thirteen base colours in the print are built up from 15 stencils over 21 layers. The rich use of pattern to flatten and confuse the space references the techniques of Henri Matisse.
As the first TenTen Commission, fifteen prints will be framed and displayed in British embassies and residences worldwide.
“We were thrilled to be approached by Sybil and Matthew Robson Orr with their idea to commission artists to make prints for display in British diplomatic buildings around the world. What was also extraordinary was their ten-year commitment enabling the commissioning of ten artists. This is the first time that the GAC has been given substantial and sustained sponsorship by individuals in its 120-year history. We are very grateful to the Robson Orrs for their vision and to Candida Gertler of Outset, a charity who has long championed our collection’s development, for introducing the initiative and for collaborating with us to develop the concept.”
Penny Johnson CBE, Director of GAC
Hurvin Anderson was born in 1965 in Birmingham, UK. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Royal College of Art, London. Selected solo exhibitions include Foreign Body, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA (2016); Backdrop, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2016); Dub Versions, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2016); Backdrop, CAM, St Louis, USA (2015); Reporting Back, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2013); Subtitles, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA (2011); and ART NOW: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Britain, London, UK (2009). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Making & Unmaking, Camden Art Centre, London, UK (2016); Poetics of Relation, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA (2014); Flowers for Summer, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA (2011); and Dull as I am, I hope to Live by These Lines, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, USA (2010). He was shortlisted for the 2017 Turner Prize.
The Government Art Collection (GAC)
The Government Art Collection is a national collection established in 1989 and includes works of art from the 16th century to the present day. It promotes British art, culture, history and creativity, and contributes to cultural diplomacy through the display of work in Government buildings around the world as well as in the UK. The GAC also delivers temporary exhibitions and lends regularly to museums for public exhibition.