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Stuck Inn IX: Stuckism and Punk

Helping to get art back on its feet

1. You are fully entitled to do something.

2. Punk is right thought and right action.

3. Authenticity is honesty. It’s important to be honest, and it helps the critics to find something to criticize.

4. 21st century punk in art is painting pictures and making sense.

5. Stuckist style is in its content. The more effort the style, the less the substance.

6. Fashion is bollocks.

7. Punk means brilliance is possible by everyone, but not just anyone.

8. Jack Vettriano is better than Jeff Koons. Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman and Takashi Murakami are crap.

9. Punk lost its way as a London fashion in 1976, but revived in 1977, when young boys and girls walked around small town shopping precincts wearing safety pins and razor blade necklaces. Some of them stopped doing this, when they discovered punk.

10. 1873 was a good year for punk.

11. Damien Hirst was a punk at heart, and became a stuckist.

12. Vivienne Westwood’s Active Resistance manifesto is a pompous rehash of The Stuckists manifesto eight years too late. But thanks anyway.

13. When bad artists grow up, they can become great artists.

14. Genesis is punk. The Book of Genesis, not the group for fucks sake.

15. It’s worth making something that lasts longer than a week.

16. Jonathan Jones is an enemy of art.

17. Conceptual art is a dead end.

18. Stuckists aren’t stuck.

19. Art comes from the soul, which is unfortunate, as most contemporary artists don’t have one.

20. If Leonardo da Vinci was alive today, he would paint like Bill Lewis.

Paul Harvey and Charles Thomson
with the Stuckist Bureau of Information
1 June 2010

The following have been accepted by the Stuckist Bureau of Inquiry
for possible inclusion as Honorary Punk Stuckists:
Salvator Rosa
Thomas Gainsborough
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Vincent van Gogh
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Sir Peter Blake

Charles Thomson
was the only person in 10 years to fail the painting degree at Maidstone College of Art. In 1979, he was a founder member of The Medway Poets, and then a full-time poet for 13 years, with work in over 100 anthologies. In 1999 he named, co-founded and has since been the driving force of the Stuckism movement, which now numbers more than 200 groups in 48 countries. He has demonstrated for 10 years outside the Turner Prize, and in 2005 applied under the Freedom of Information Act for Tate trustee minutes about the gallery’s purchase of its trustee Chris Ofili’s work. This led in 2006 to the Charity Commission’s ruling that the Tate had been acting illegally for the last 50 years. His painting satirising Sir Nicholas Serota, whose face peers over a large pair of (Tracey Emin’s) red knickers, is a well-known image. He was briefly married to artist Stella Vine in 2001.

Paul Harvey was a co-founder of the now-defunct Mauretania Comics. In 2001, he joined Pauline Murray’s reformed punk band Penetration as a guitarist, and became a member of the Stuckists art movement. One of his paintings was used as the key image for The Stuckists Punk Victorian show at the Walker Art Gallery for the 2004 Liverpool Biennial. In 2004, he was the Stuckist co-curator with Hiroko Oshima of the Ryu Art Group for the show, Members Only: the Artist Group in Japan and Britain, at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. In 2008, Job cigarette papers commissioned images from him as the 21st century successor of Alphonse Mucha, and in 2009 he held a solo show at the Wanted Gallery (now GG Gallery) in Notting Hill. He is currently lecturing part-time in art and design at Tyne Metropolitan College, and researching a PhD on “Stuckism and Punk Philosophy: Controversialism in the Fine Art Environment” at Northumbria University.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Saturday, July 3rd, 2010.