Ian Breakwell ('Parasite and Host')

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Ian Breakwell ('Parasite and Host')

by Ian Breakwell
original Infra-Red Photograph taken by Guy Pitt, 2005
45 5/8 in. x 37 3/8 in. (1160 mm x 950 mm)
Purchased, 2007
Primary Collection
NPG P1291

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  • Ian Breakwell (1943-2005), Artist. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • Ian Breakwell (1943-2005), Artist. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This haunting self-portrait was made by the artist when he was dying of cancer. The crab placed over his lung has a dark beauty. The portrait appeared in Diagnosis, a posthumous exhibition at Anthony Reynolds Gallery (2006). It investigates what Breakwell called 'the surreality of mundane reality', a recurring theme in his work.

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Current affairs

London suffers its worst bomb attack since the Second World War when four devises are detonated during rush hour on public transport. Three of the bombs went off on tube trains, and one on a bus killing 56 people and injuring 700. A Leeds-based terror cell of British born or raised Islamic extremists committed the attacks. John Sentamu becomes the first black Archbishop of the Church of England.

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As part of the international Make Poverty History campaign, ten Live 8 concerts are held simultaneously around the world to coincide with the meeting of the G8 and persuade the world's richest countries to 'drop the debt' owed by the world's poorest countries, increase aid to the world's poorest people and negotiate fairer international trade rules.


1,836 die in America as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. The hurricane was the most costly in US history and one of the most deadly. It caused the levees of Lake Pontchartrain to break, which flooded 80% of New Orleans. About one million people evacuated the city while 25,000 stayed behind, many taking refuge in the city's Superdome.

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