who is figgis

Upcoming: Laurence Figgis will present new work in an exhibition at Fahrbereitschaft Berlin

‘Red Gym’ brings together artists from Glasgow and Berlin and features work from the Haubrok Collection. The exhibited work, including painting, photography, video, sculpture, collage, and poetic writing, responds imaginatively to the theme of “resistance” and reveals methods for creating alternative realities. From abstract forms, to self-defence training dummies, to images inspired by the ‘Wild Boys’ of Weimar-era Berlin, “resistance” is explored as a quality in materials, cultures and political narratives.

‘Red Gym’ features the work of:

Sara Deraedt
Steven Grainger
Anna M. Szaflarski
Wolfgang Tillmans
Laurence Figgis
Sophie Macpherson
Clare Stephenson



Laurence Figgis is a “person” with slimy insides and clothes.   He is best friends with: Snow White, Huckleberry Finn, the Bachelor Machines, Hareton Earnshaw, Alan Turing, the Jets AND the Sharks, the “Little Picture Plane”, Marie Antoinette de France, “She Who is Eternally Returning“, Harry Lime’s “cuckoo clock,” and “a certain slant of light, winter afternoons”.

He is represented by Collaterlie Sisters.


Laurence Figgis, The Great Macguffin (detail), 2005/2012, ink, crayon, gouache, watercolour on paper, 150 x 350 cm, ©Laurence Figgis


Laurence Figgis, Foot (red and green), 2015, crayon on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm, ©Laurence Figgis


Laurence Figgis, The Goddess of Land Services, 2017, dye-sublimation print on canvas, 118 x 168 cm, photograph by Alan Dimmick, ©A Dimmick, ©Laurence Figgis


Laurence Figgis, Costume for Styrene, 2017, acrylic paint on canvas, 200 x 141 cm, photographed by Alan Dimmick, ©A Dimmick, ©Laurence Figgis







Thanks to Patricia DeVries of deFreeze for her consultation and advice.