13 lithograph prints with spot varnish presented in a black cloth portfolio box with debossed title lettering (81 x 68 x 4 cm)
Edition of 50 + 10 APs
Hand signed, numbered and dated on the back
Published by M W Projects, London
In 2002 Tim and Sue embarked on one of their spookiest and most uncommercial series of works, the Black Magic Paintings. This strange group of thirteen paintings was inspired by the depraved life of two of Britain’s most notorious serial murderers, Fred and Rose West. The title of the series derives from the name of the bar that Fred installed in a bedroom of their modest house in Gloucester, close to where Tim spent his childhood. A wrought-iron sign reading “Black Magic” which Fred made during one of his stints in prison hung above the improvised bar. Perhaps the unusual detour into the twisted world of Fred and Rose West was an attempt by Tim and Sue to reconnect with the outlaw and outcast roots of their aesthetic inspiration. Fred and Rose West are as outlaw and outcast as one can get, way beyond the bikers and punk rockers who inspired Tim and Sue in their formative years. Noble and Webster immersed themselves in the most anti-aesthetic source they could find for aesthetic inspiration. Perhaps Tim and Sue’s dark obsession with Fred and Rose had something to do with the whispered story that Fred used to do handyman work for one of Tim’s mother’s friends.