PORTRAIT OF MARK E. SMITH

Chris Evans, airbrush painting, 2005, 43 x 33 cm

“The Fall have always been at arm’s length. That’s our mentality.” (Mark E. Smith, 1980)

As with Joyce, Beuys, and Wyndham Lewis, the historians will be arguing about Mark E. (for Edward) Smith until the kingdom comes. 20th century culture has been kept alive by the irritants which work their way under its skin.

(“Mark E. Smith,” Michael Bracewell & Jon Wilde, Dot Dot Dot #11, 2005)