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'Spitting' by Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox at James Hyman Gallery

28 April 2015
Large-scale Lightjet prints were recently produced for ‘Spitting’ a new exhibition taking currently showing at James Hyman Gallery. Never before seen photographs of the iconic rubber caricatures from ‘Spitting Image’, the highly acclaimed satirical TV show of the 80’s & 90’s have been produced by British documentary photographer Anna Fox and rising star Andrew Bruce.

Speaking about their experience of working on the project Bruce and Fox commented, "Once we had them out of their packing cases, lying on the studio floor, the puppets looked broken, aged, decrepit and lacking any glimmer of life. Spitting Image was a great show that was made, in the wake of Python, at a time when humour really could be outrageous. These puppets, imbued with satire, represented our most significant politicians at their worst.  Now we are left with the remnants of a different age."

Watched by an audience of 15 million people at its peak, Spitting Image featured puppet caricatures of prominent celebrities of the time, including international politicians and the Royal Family, among others. When the series was cancelled in 1996, fine art and photographer dealer James Hyman began to acquire some of the original most iconic puppets from the show for his private art collection. As a life-long fan of the series Hyman believes the life-size puppets should be seen and enjoyed and has been delighted to collaborate with Fox & Bruce to bring the puppets back into the public domain in this election year.  

Hyman commented, “I'm delighted that after a gap of some years the opportunity arose for Anna Fox and Andrew Bruce to collaborate on these exciting new pictures. For me these new photographs often on a enormous scale, are about more than recording appearance although they so that in an extraordinary details but are also about the expendability of politicians. We are shown that beneath the veneer there is fragility underneath the power dressing there is vulnerability.”

It has recently been announced that a brand new six part series entitles ‘Newzoids’ will air in 2015, featuring modern-day personalities and politicians including Russell Brand, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage.
James Hyman Gallery, 16 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PB

Exhibition dates: 22nd April – 8th May 2015
Opening times: Mon-Fri: 12:00noon - 6:00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

For more information about the exhibition
For a short interview with Anna Fox, Andrew Bruce and James Hyman about the exhibition

Images ©
1. Anna Fox/Andrew Bruce, Margaret Thatcher, Pigment Print 2015
2. Anna Fox/Andrew Bruce, Pile, Pigment Print 2015

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