Mat Collishaw, an instrumental if lesser known figure in the YBA movement (think Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas), creates art that by turns seduces and repulses. Art to him is not about beauty or perfection; the point is to get people to think about real issues. By extension, a tour of his home, a former pub in Camberwell, London, reveals a related approach. This is a man who engages with his personal environment on a practical and functional level.
For more, see the Collishaw's studio spaces and an interview with him by Freunde von Freunden.
Photography by Antoine Breant for Freunde von Freunden.
Above: To convert what had been a pub and, more recently a photo studio, Collishaw hired a crew and took down some walls. He then painted all his rooms white and applied a dark stain to the wood floors.
Above: The furnishings are spare but comfortable.
Above: "I don't agree with the cosmetic look flowers have been given," Collishaw says. "For example, if you look around and see birthday cards with drops of dew on the petals—this image has killed them."
Above: Diffused light comes into the house through simple blinds.
Above: A taxidermy pheasant as decor.
Above: Windows without curtains provide the maximum amount of light.
Above: Collishaw in his fuss-free kitchen.
Above: The kitchen chalkboard bearing the artist's grocery list and latest sketch.
Above: A small work surface and counter provide a separation between the living area and the kitchen.
Above: Above the Aga, Collishaw lines up his spices and other essential cooking ingredients on an open shelf for easy access.
Above: Appliances and utensils sit on the counter as they are, with no attempt to hide them away.
Above: A metal hat and coat rack provide towel storage over the bathtub.
Above: The exterior of the Victorian pub that Collishaw calls home. "I’d prefer to live in Camberwell in South London, which is still under development and have space, rather than to live with the people who have their little hats on, with their little bikes," Collishaw says. "Let me have my space!"