is an English visual artist working in hand painted light installations and sculpture. More recently he has added film and written interventions into his work. Internally illuminated the works combine the suggestion of stained glass windows, with the visual drama of religious and renaissance imagery. These elements are mixed with modernist influences to assemble an alternative and often disturbing iconography of their own.
Over recent years he has been concentrating on his joint art practice with Francesca Ori an Italian artist on themed exhibitions. Their work together has become increasingly focused on human behavioural manipulation for social ends through science and technology. Furst and Ori began their collaboration as artists when they founded a joint studio in a sugar factory in Granada, Spain, more than 10 years ago and since then have exhibited in Spain, Italy and England. Their most recent exhibitions were: Sagrada Familia at Farley Farm Gallery in West Sussex, in the grounds of the home of Lee Millar and Roland Penrose founder of the ICA; Modular Body in the Ateneo in Malaga in May 2016, and Signs of Id on the light vessel LV21 in November 2016 which received an Elephant Trust Award and was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Furst studied philosophy at Bristol University in the early nineties and worked for a number of years in Wandsworth prison before becoming a cartoonist and illustrator for national and international newspapers. As a cartoonist he was primarily known for his cartoon strip Rubric which appeared weekly in the Saturday Times and regularly provoked a flurry of letters – either in outrage or in support.
Sergei is cofounder of a small publishing company,
Farniente in Spain dedicated to collaborative conceptual art and writing projects. He now divides his time between England, Granada
(Spain), and Sicily.