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Jack Bilbo

Jack Bilbo (1907-67) was born Hugo Baruch in Berlin. A self-taught artist, adventurer, author, gallery owner, egotist and legendary bohemian, he was forced to leave Germany after campaigning against the Nazis, and eventually settled in London in 1936. After internment in 1939 on the Isle of Man, he returned to London and founded the Modern Art Gallery in 1941 where he showed works by Picasso and Schwitters alongside unknown artists.  After the war, he moved to Weybridge where he created giant primitive figures in cement which were later dynamited after he moved on to France in the early 1950s. Bilbo eventually returned to his native Berlin.

The first solo exhibition since his death in 1967 was held at England & Co in 1988 - a retrospective that led to the British Museum acquiring the set of macabre ink drawings that he made for his book Out of My Mind (1946). Another exhibition in 1990, Jack Bilbo and The Moderns focused on his idiosyncratic gallery and the artists he championed. Bilbo was featured in Outsiders & Co (1996); Obsessive Visions: Art Outside the Mainstream (2001); Wandering Lines ii (2012); and Between Worlds: Rituals & Pagan Rites (2013). A substantial group of his drawings from the late 1940s were  included in the exhibition Twelve-Fisted Boxing Caterpillar: Jack Bilbo & Ben Woodeson 10 April - 3 May 2014.

England & Co have represented the Estate of Jack Bilbo since 1988. In 2014, the gallery collaborated on a solo exhibition of Bilbo's works at the David Zwirner gallery, London. In 2017, England & Co liaised with the artist Daniel Richter when he curated an exhibition of works and associated ephemera by Bilbo at the Max Liebermannhaus/Stiftung Brandenburger Tor to accompany an exhibition of his own work.



BIOGRAPHY   
 Paintings   

Drawings & works on paper



'I Don't Like Private Capitalism…'<br> - Details


'I Don't Like Private Capitalism…'


Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
SOLD

Letzter Akt - Details


Letzter Akt c 1946

Ink on paper
11.5 x 10.25 inches
SOLD

Todestanz - Details


Todestanz c 1946

Ink on paper
11.5 x 9.75 inches
SOLD

Vergeudetes Leben - Details


Vergeudetes Leben

Ink on paper
12 x 9.75 inches
SOLD

Dressur - Details


Dressur c 1947

Inks on paper
12 x 10 inches

Das Opfer - Details


Das Opfer c 1947

Ink on paper
12 x 10 inches

Death Knows No Frontiers… - Details


Death Knows No Frontiers…

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
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Progress - Details


Progress

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

Woman Expecting Triplets Returning Home<br>from the Cinema - Details


Woman Expecting Triplets Returning Home
from the Cinema
1948

Ink on paper
14.25 x 10 inches

  Private collection

Trianugneophilio - Details


Trianugneophilio (Triangular Love)

Ink on paper
14.5 x 10.75 inches

  Reserved

Juggling with an Inferiority Complex - Details


Juggling with an Inferiority Complex

Ink on paper
14.5 x 10.5 inches

  Reserved

Jenseits… - Details


Jenseits… (Time Won't Wait) 1948

Ink on paper
12 x 10 inches

  Private collection

'Anything to Be Original', Say the Boheemohomians<br> - Details


'Anything to Be Original', Say the Boheemohomians
(The He-Shees)

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

  Reserved

Our Heritage - Details


Our Heritage

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
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The State Is a Heartless Machine… - Details


The State Is a Heartless Machine…

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
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Liberty - Details


Liberty

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

The Hangman Is a Respectable Citizen… - Details


The Hangman Is a Respectable Citizen…

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

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'We Shall Fight…' - Details


'We Shall Fight…'

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

My Dear, Dear Public… - Details


My Dear, Dear Public…

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

'Taxpayers! For Your Money a Beautiful Atom Bomb!' - Details


'Taxpayers! For Your Money a Beautiful Atom Bomb!'

Black ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

Moon Flapper - Details


Moon Flapper

Black ink on paper
14.75 x 10.5 inches

  Reserved

Pastime - Details


Pastime

Black ink on paper
14.75 x 10.5 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled

Black ink on paper
10 x 14 inches

The Sound-Atom Listener - Details


The Sound-Atom Listener

Ink on paper
14.75 x 11 inches

The Early Morning Grouse - Details


The Early Morning Grouse

Black ink on paper
10.5 x 14.5 inches

Adam and Eve - Details


Adam and Eve

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches
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Violence Doesn't Stop Violence - Details


Violence Doesn't Stop Violence

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

Five Politicians Trying to Get the Vote of the Village Idiot - Details


Five Politicians Trying to Get the Vote of the Village Idiot

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

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Untitled - Details


Untitled

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled

Blue ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

Metamorphosis - Details


Metamorphosis 1952

Pencil on paper
12.5 x 9.5 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled

Black ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

The Coupon-Couponatti-Coupon-Nutty<br> - Details


The Coupon-Couponatti-Coupon-Nutty
(British Austerity Dog)

Black ink on paper
14 x 11 inches

Superiority Complex - Details


Superiority Complex

Black ink on paper
14 x 10 inches

'Magnificent Magnus' - Details


'Magnificent Magnus'

Crayon and pencil on paper
14 x 9 inches

Gigantic Films Inc Casting Office - Details


Gigantic Films Inc Casting Office

Black ink on paper
13.25 x 10 inches

Gespenst – Im Kommen Oder Im Gehen ? ? ? - Details


Gespenst – Im Kommen Oder Im Gehen ? ? ?

Black ink on paper
14.25 x 9.5 inches