Jimmy Cauty

James Francis Cauty aka Jimmy Cauty, is a British artist, born in Merseyside on 19 December 1956. He did not attend any music or art collage but over the past 40 years Cauty has distinguished himself as a musician, record producer, artist and cultural provocateur through fusions of high art, low art and popularist mediums sometimes to spectacular effect. From painting the multi million selling hippy poster The Lord of the Rings as a teenage artist in the 1970s to a string of global top ten hits as co founder with Bill Drummond of The KLF and The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, and with Alex Paterson the Orb, to implementation of the The K-Foundation and the seminal actions, The 1994 K Foundation Award and Money (a major body of cash) to later artistic experiments with sonic weapons, Advanced Acoustic Armaments, anti Iraq war postage stamps with Stamps of mass destruction to imagined art collectives Blacksmoke and model making in A Riot in a Jam Jar, dissent, cultural subversion and a gleeful level of high humour are elemental to all the work whilst never failing to engage its audience in critical pleasure. His roguish and voluble approach has earned him a cult following for work that remains radical, responsive and darkly comical. He produces work that draws on and responds to contemporary culture, very often sampling it and sending/selling it back as recoded realities.
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