The Cat Street Gallery is proud to present It’s Hard To Be A Saint In This City, a new series of works on paper, large scale paintings, foam sculptures and
modified readymades by British artist Stuart Semple. Against the atmospheric backdrop of a creepy teen supernatural TV show, Semple weaves a story of a
loser’s prayer to be more than human, to control and dominate their environment. Whilst doing so he makes a clear judgement over humankind’s longings
for fame and fortune or triumph over mass-media culture. Rather like anti-anthems for teenage weirdo’s these new works are firmly dedicated to the loner
kids like Stuart who only had their dreams to get them through the day.
The works depict a multi-faceted, pick and choose, hybrid environment, that visually is totally defined by mass culture and pop. This space is inhabited
by all of us and defined by our choices, desires and preferences, which in turn dictate the form of our surroundings. The work critiques the ‘us-and-them’
separateness that comes out of this disparity. In pop one is always an observer or a consumer, never really a co-creator.
A traumatic near death experience at the age of 19 resulted in Semple’s insatiable dedication towards painting. Since selling his early work to Debbie Harry,
and being persuaded to move to London by legendary art dealer Anthony d’Offay, Semple went on to create his seminal performance ‘HappyCloud’ from
London’s Tate Modern in which he flooded the London skyline with thousands of pink smiley clouds at the height of the recession.
Semple regularly exhibits worldwide and has held successful solo exhibitions in Italy, Hong Kong, London and New York. His works can be found in major
international collections including the Getty, Langen, David Roberts and Niarchos foundations and on the walls of One Hyde Park. Semple’s works have also
been well received during top international art fairs including Art Basel Miami, ARTHK art Fair, Frieze and Art Chicago. He has been featured across the media
including BBC, Esquire, The Art Newspaper, Vogue, The Telegraph, Observer, i-D, and Art Review.