Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


Bob and Roberta Smith

34 Lines of Nihilism

Year 2016
Medium Pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.0 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

Bob and Roberta Smith:

Bob and Roberta Smith (b.1963, London) lives and works in London. 'Bob and Roberta Smith' is the pseudonym used by conceptual artist Patrick Brill. Brill studied at University of Reading (1981-1985) and Goldsmiths College of Art (1991-1993). He is a Tate trustee and active artist spokesperson for arts and culture. He is an associate professor at Sir John Cass Department of Art at London Metropolitan University. Curatorial projects include the public art project Art U Need: An Outdoor Revolution (2005-06); Peace Camp (2006); and created the Art Party to promote contemporary art and advocacy (2013). As well as sign painting, Brill makes sculptures in cement, co-founded and performs music with The Ken Ardley Playboys, and hosts the radio show Make Your Own Damn Music on Resonance fm. Select solo exhibitions include Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth (2013); The Butler Gallery as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny (2013); Hales Gallery, London (2012); Pierogi Gallery, New York (2011); Hales Gallery, London (2010); Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp (2009); Cesane Manzo Gallery, Rome (2009); Tate Britain, London (2008); Hales Gallery, London (2008); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2008); Galerie Kusseneers, Antwerp (2007); and Peer Gallery, London (2007). The National College of Arts, Pakistan (British Council touring exhibition) (2013); Somerset House, London (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London (2012); Red Star Gallery, Beijing China (British Council touring exhibition) (2012); National Gallery, Tirana (British Council touring exhibition) (2011-2012); Tate Britain, London (2010); Hayward Gallery façade, London (2010); Minsheng Art Gallery, Shanghai (2010); and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (British Council touring exhibition) (2009). His works are held in public and private collections including the Tate, London; Arts Council Collection, London; and British Council Collection, London.