Jimmy Cauty - Stamps of Mass Destruction 10 Years On Legacy Edition (Bronze)
Screenprint with metallic leaf
Edition of 31
Signed and numbered
49cm x 46cm (Unframed)
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Artist and Musician, most well known for being one part of the KLF, The Orb - and infamously as the man who burnt a million pounds.
Cauty banded together in the late 80's with Bill Drummond to form 'The Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu' (The JAMS) , which mutated into the electronic pioneering early 90's band 'The KLF'. At the same time, Cauty co-founded the ambient band 'The Orb'. The KLF had a number of huge chart topping hits, such as '3-Am Eternal', before mysteriously disbanding and deleting their entire back catalogue. In 1994 the duo returned as 'The K Foundation' and causing huge controversy at the time, famously set fire to one million pounds in cash on the Scottish Island of Jura, sparking speculation this was the profits from The KLF. The burning was filmed.
Post KLF, Cauty is still involved in music, providing re-mixes for bands such as Placebo, Marilyn Manson and The Orb. However, his art has since taken centre stage, working in an artist collaborative with artists such as Jamie Reid and Billy Childish. Cauty's work is highly political, inspiring direct action and protest. in 2003, Cauty has courted legal controversy by producing stamps 'Stamps of mass destruction with the Queen's face obscured by a gas mask - which caused a legal battle resulting in Royal Mail destroying them.
Cauty continues to produce work in the same vein, including 'Operation Magic Kingdom', a series of works with Disney characters involved in the Iraq conflict, Smiley Face Riot Shields, a model railway filled with rioting scenes which was exhibited at Banksy's 'Dismaland'.