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A bastion of splendid non-conformity: Brian Griffin’s photos of Duggie Fields at home in the late 70s

//Duggie Fields at home, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

Among my current projects is an article for Apartamento about the great British artist Duggie Fields and his flat in London’s Earl’s Court.

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

Fields has lived there since Christmas 1968 (when he moved in with his late flatmate, Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett). Over the decades, this space in a mansion block off Earl’s Court Road has simultaneously served as Field’s studio and an outcome of his practice. To visit Fields the living art object at home is to become immersed in an ever-evolving art environment.

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

//Duggie Fields, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

Fields’ presence at the Barney Bubbles x Fred Perry launch a couple of weeks back jogged the memory of another attendee, photographer Brian Griffin, who took these portraits of the artist and his home for an unpublished magazine commission in the late 1970s.

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, late 1970s. © Brian Griffin. No reproduction without permission//

Brian has kindly sent me a selection of his photos. I’ve added a snap I took with my phone earlier this summer. Fields’ flat remains one of the hidden gems of London, a bastion of splendid non-conformity in an increasingly sterile city.

//Duggie Fields’ apartment, summer 2017. © Paul Gorman. No reproduction without permission//

Fields himself has been a vocal critic of the depredations of the neighbourhood enabled by the complicity of Kensington & Chelsea Borough Council, which is much in the news over the scandal regarding the immolated Grenfell Tower and rolled over a couple of years back in the face of the savage £8bn “redevelopment” of the adjacent Earls Court exhibition centre site.

Long may Duggie and his extraordinary apartment thrive.

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Author: / Published: Aug 18th, 2017 / Category: 1960s, 1970s, Artists, Interior Design, Interiors, Painters / Comments: 2

2 Responses to “A bastion of splendid non-conformity: Brian Griffin’s photos of Duggie Fields at home in the late 70s”


  1. Ian Harris
    on Aug 18th, 2017
    @ 2:19 pm

    A living work of Art….always loved his paintings.


  2. Karl Trosclair
    on Nov 13th, 2017
    @ 11:41 am

    I love these photos,My brother has a Duggie Fields print (Statue of Liberty) and I love his stuff.His apartment looks amazing and I love the reference to Sue Catwoman in the third photograph.

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