Angus Fairhurst, the precocious talent who helped kickstart the 1990s "Young British Artists" movement has been hailed as a "great artist and a great friend" by Damien Hirst, following his death at the age of 41.
His body was found on Saturday in a remote woodland area in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the same day his solo show at Sadie Coles Gallery closed in London. It is believed he committed suicide.
A spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said: "The body of a 41- year-old man was found within woodland near Inveroran cottage in Bridge of Orchy at around 4pm on Saturday. At this time, there appear to be no suspicious circumstances." A spokeswoman for the artist added that he "tragically took his own life" whilst on a walk.
Fairhurst found fame with his bold videos and installations. In life however, he was often quiet and self-effacing. Sir Nicholas Serota, the director of Tate Galleries in Britain, which owns seven of his pieces, said the artist has always been "deprecating about his own talent". "But he made some of the most engaging, witty and perceptive works of his generation and was an enormously influential friend of other British artists who came to prominence in the early Nineties," he added.
Hirst, with whom Fairhurst collaborated on a number of projects, such as the Tate Britain show In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, in 2004, said: "He always supported me, in fair …