NANCYBOY DECADE 1999 – 2009 by STUART SEMPLE
The exhibition presented the life and times of a pioneering British creative whose witty, pop-inspired paintings caught the zeitgeist and whose influence can still be seen today. Canvases and works on paper were brought together by collectors from all over the world in this unique celebration initiated by Nancyboy’s fans and supporters.
10 years after the first Nancyboy works appeared on eBay, a retrospective was organised to celebrate Nancyboy’s legacy and provide an opportunity to introduce his work to the community it inspired. This retrospective held over 100 works spanning from the 90′s to the noughties for the very first time.
Nancyboy burst onto the scene in the 90′s selling over 3000 works exclusively over an early inception of the internet to collectors worldwide, hungry for more of his vibrant 80′s infused artworks. This work spawned many impersonators and opened exposure to other artists with a similar youthful vibrancy, pre-empting what became termed ‘Urban Art’.
Nancyboy’s images were very immediate and visual and spoke to people even though the identity of the artist was unknown. And with the phenomenon of eBay and art sold over the internet in its infancy, even more excitement and mystery around these works was created. Nancyboy could be seen as one of the pioneers of social networking and one of the first artists selling original artworks on eBay, hence, becoming one of the first artists to talk directly to the public, breaking down the barriers of the conventional white walled gallery.
The exhibition was curated by, Klaus Bruecker and Liat Chen.