Stuart Brisley (born in 1933 in Haslemere, Surrey, England) is widely regarded as the seminal figure of British performance art. Over a career of half a century Stuart Brisley has come to the conclusion, as stated in his recent novel Beyond Reason, Ordure, 2003, that 'what goes down comes up'. Although often hailed as the 'godfather of British performance art', Brisley is a more complex figure, whose practice extends to painting, community projects and pseudo-curatorial installations. Brisley has been at the forefront of experimentation and political debate within the visual arts - performance artist, painter, sculptor, writer, sound artist, film and video maker, uniting all these working methods is a concern for things that have fallen down (detritus on the streets, human excrement), or have been otherwise marginalised (miners, bin men).
Works by Stuart Brisley /