Family Tree (1991)
About this artwork
‘Family Tree’ and ‘Light Headed’ are from the series ‘New Democratic Pictures’. The democracy referred to is one in which each individual is free and encouraged to contribute to society. The change in society proposed by these images is one that is founded on spiritual intoxication and the capacity to dream. ‘Family Tree’ depicts the artists as colossal figures on their hands and knees at the foot of a large tree. They appear to be supporting the tree, nourishing existence at a fundamental level. ‘Light Headed’ depicts the artists’ disembodied heads, similarly gargantuan in scale, dominating a dramatic dawn sky.
- title: Family Tree
- accession number: AR00175
- artist: Gilbert & GeorgeEnglish (Gilbert Proesch born 1943; George Passmore born 1942)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: 18 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper with dye on paper mounted onto board
- date created: 1991
- measurements: 253.80 x 354.00 x 2.50 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © GILBERT & GEORGE
Gilbert & George
Gilbert & George
Italian-born Gilbert Proesch and Englishman George Passmore met and studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1967 and have made only collaborative works since then. In 1969 they performed the first of several 'living sculptures', which rapidly launched their international careers as leading British performance artists. Since the early 1970s they have concentrated on producing large-scale photo-pieces, usually with themselves as the central subject. Gilbert & George state that their aim is to make their art as accessible as possible and that their art and life are one and the same. They won the Turner Prize in 1986.