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John Maybury

B. 1958 London (UK)
Lives and works in London

John Maybury (born 1958) is a British artist and filmmaker. In 1984 his first major exhibition at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art, London) combined painting, installation, film and video. Concurrently he worked closely with Derek Jarman on many projects including ‘Jubilee’ and ‘The Last of England’. By the early 1980s, working in Super 8 and video, Maybury had become a leading light of the British underground film movement. He shaped a style that was unashamedly exotic, with influences from Kenneth Anger to Jean Cocteau. This led to commissions for music videos for artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Neneh Cherry and Boy George. He subsequently made four celebrated feature films: Man To Man, Love Is the Devil, The Jacket and The Edge of Love featuring actors such as Tilda Swinton, Daniel Craig and Keira Knightley. Throughout his career Maybury has maintained his artistic activities exhibiting paintings, films and video in galleries around the world. Most recently he showed photographs and video at the Galleria Lorcan O’Neill in Rome.


John Maybury, Read Only Memory, 1998, featuring Leigh Bowery