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A sculpture by Tracey Emin of a long bronze pole with a sculpture of a small songbird perched on top

The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Gift

Six major contemporary works, gifted in 2018, show the continuing history of British art from the 20th century to the present day. 

A gift of six works by major contemporary artists from Frank and Lorna Dunphy

Frank and Lorna Dunphy have a lifelong love of art and have amassed a collection that charts the radical 1990s art scene, of which they were at the very heart.

Frank Dunphy was Damien Hirst’s manager from 1995 until 2010, at the very heart of the radical 1990s art scene. The six works included in this collection are by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Rachel Whiteread, Gavin Turk and Michael Craig-Martin, and were gifted to the Gallery from Frank and Lorna Dunphy under the Cultural Gifts Scheme in 2018.

Ranging from paintings to sculptures, these works help to demonstrate the legacy of British Pop art and the development of conceptual art in Britain through the works of the Young British Artists (YBAs). The YBAs were a loose group of British artists who began exhibiting together in the late 1980s. They became famous for their openness to materials and processes, shock tactics and entrepreneurial attitude.

The works the Dunphys have chosen to give to the Gallery were all initially bought for display in their homes, including in Bognor Regis.

We love our connection with Pallant House Gallery and the fact that we can come and see the works when they are on show. There is nobody more deserving. We prefer to give to a smaller gallery than one of the nationals where half of it will never be shown. We’re so happy to make this gift… really proud.

Frank Dunphy

Pair of scissors set agains pink background with outlines of other objects

Michael Craig-Martin, Scissors (Wallpaper Pink) (2004)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Frank Dunphy and allocated to Pallant House Gallery, 2018) © Michael Craig-Martin

A bronze sculpture painted hyper-realistically to resemble a full black bag of rubbish

Gavin Turk, Dump (2004)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Frank Dunphy and allocated to Pallant House Gallery, 2018) © Gavin Turk/Live Stock Market. Photo: Stephen White

A sculpture by Tracey Emin of a long bronze pole with a sculpture of a small songbird perched on top

Tracey Emin, Roman Standard (edition 2 of 6) (2005)

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Accepted under the Cultural Gifts Scheme by HM Government from Frank Dunphy and allocated to Pallant House Gallery, 2018) © The Artist Courtesy: Tracey Emin Studio Photo: Barry Hale 2008