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Sebastian Horsley

Sebastian Horsley

(1962 – 2010)

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Sebastian Horsley

Sebastian Horsley
(1962 – 2010)

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Sebastian Horsley

(1962 – 2010)
About Sebastian
This is an online tribute dedicated to Sebastian Horsley who was a London artist best known for having undergone a voluntary crucifixion. Sebastian Horsley's writings often revolve around his dysfunctional family, his drug addictions, sex, and his reliance on prostitutes.
Sebastian Horsley was the elder son of Nicholas Horsley, the chairman of Northern Foods from 1970 until the role was assumed by Christopher Haskins; the company had been founded by Nicholas's father, Alec.
In 1983, Sebastian Horsley married Evlynn Smith (born Evelynn Anne Smith), who was the daughter of a Scottish painter and decorator, and who together with Meriel Scott constituted the art and furniture-design company Precious McBane.
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Evlynn passed away in 2003, at age 40.
In August 2000 Sebastian Horsley traveled to the Philippines to experience a crucifixion, in order to prepare for a series of paintings on the topic. Refusing pain killers, he was nailed to a cross and passed out. The foot rest broke and he fell off. A film and photos of the event, as well as his subsequent paintings of crosses, were exhibited in London in 2002.
Sebastian Horsley ran a monthly column in the Erotic Review from 1998 to 2004. In early 2006, Sebastian Horsley together with Marion McBride began to run a weekly sex advice column in The Observer. Four months later, after graphic discussions of oral and anal sex had led to numerous complaints from readers,
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the column was discontinued.
Sebastian Horsley passed away on the 16th June 2010. This online memorial is dedicated to his life.
Remembrance Messages
On 11th Jul 2010
Stella Benson
wrote:
But the witticisms, his pure heart, his ability to inject colour into an increasingly black and white world, what really stands out for me about Sebastian is the honest and realistic way he portrayed family dysfunction at its most egregious – and made us all laugh as he did so. At first encounter – albeit by proxy and sadly never through actual meeting – he became a hero of mine. Reading his memoir, inspired me to be a detached observer
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Stella Benson
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of the human condition as well as the courage to be honest with others about the family dysfunction I experienced, and yes, I do often pay homage to Sebastian’s quips – but if I recall he gave us permission to do so in Dandy in the Underworld. In fact, I will go as far as to say that his memoir should be required reading for anyone studying and in therapy for childhood emotional trauma. He really nails the experience – and all in a laugh-out-loud spirit. He told it as it is, albeit with great style and eloquence.
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Stella Benson
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What made me so sad about his death was that I had always looked up to Sebastian as a survivor of his circumstances. My initial raw feeling was that he hit a bad patch as a result of the opening of the play based on his memoir and the death of a close friend. As time passes and the reality of his death sinks in and gains acceptance, I am sure I will see both a dark and a meaningful reason for his death.
For my own selfish tastes, Sebastian was taken far too soon. But the universe’s ways are not our
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Stella Benson
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ways. For Sebastian I hope that he finds the peace he dedicated his life to searching for. The world has lost a prince. He was the prince of being who we are and f---- the rest.
xoxox Stella
Remembrance Messages
On 11th Jul 2010
Stella Benson
wrote:
Oh my God!! I love Sebastian and Google him frequently. So when to tonight I goggled and found out he had died, it was a great shock!!!
He was witty, courageous and gorgeous to say the least. I first became even aware of him on December 31st, 2008 when Jian Ghomeshis’s Q radio programme on the CBC replayed Jian’s interview with him as one of their top 2008 highlights. Well, a love affair was born!
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Stella Benson
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I immediately had to read Dandy in the Underworld. Despite all the rest of it, what really resonated with me was that he made growing up in a dysfunctional family sound desirable. That was how good he was at humour. Ever since I read his memoir, I have described my childhood as “Sebastian Horsley’s childhood on a budget.”
I am still in shock. On the basis on reading Dandy in the Underworld, I have been compelled to write my own memoir about growing
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Stella Benson
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up middle class in a severely dysfunctional family in midtown Toronto. Sebastian gave me the courage to see mental illness as acceptable. I have become a local wit in my own right joking about my family’s mental illness.
I cannot believe he is dead. I am so glad to read so much about him and that so many people were gutted to learn of his death. According to Arthur Miller’s definition of tragedy, Sebastian’s death fit the bill. He had almost reached his joy in gaining acceptance in the
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Stella Benson
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mainstream. I am sure that with the reported production of a film of Dandy in the Underworld – Stephen Fry has bought the rights for a film – he would have achieved the love he appeared to crave.
Yes, he was an original in that he lived his life authentically. His genius was for language and seeing the world as it really is. He saw the essential contradiction in both individuals and the human condition, not unlike Shakespeare. I love all of his clips on YouTube. Thank goodness we have ways of
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Stella Benson
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enjoying his gifts.
For Sebastian I hope that he finds the peace he dedicated his life to searching for. xo
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Sebastian Horsley

This is an online tribute dedicated to Sebastian Horsley who was a London artist best known for having undergone a voluntary crucifixion. Sebastian Horsley's writings often revolve around his dysfunctional family, his drug addictions, sex, and his reliance on prostitutes.
Sebastian Horsley was the elder son of Nicholas Horsley, the chairman of Northern Foods from 1970 until the role was assumed by Christopher Haskins; the company had been founded by Nicholas's father, Alec.
In 1983, Sebastian Horsley married Evlynn Smith (born Evelynn Anne Smith), who was the daughter of a Scottish painter and decorator, and who together with Meriel Scott constituted the art and furniture-design company Precious McBane....

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Rest in peace Sebastian
I first met Sebastian at ****
My sincere condolences to all friends and family of Sebastian
My fondest memory of Sebastian was ****
Sebastian used to really enjoy ****
What I will miss the most about Sebastian is ****
Sebastian inspired me to ****
Sebastian changed my life by ****
If I had to sum up what Sebastian meant to me it would be ****
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