John Latham (John Aubrey Clarendon Latham) was a conceptual artist, born in Zambia and he dead in 2006 in the United Kingdom. He studied at the Winchester College, and after the Second World War he started to study art, firstly at the Regent Street Polytechnic, and then at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 1951 he married  the artist Barbara Steveni in Westminster. He used to work with spray that was his primary medium, and in addition Latham tore, sawed, chewed and burnt books to create collage material for his work. His artistic career was influenced by Performance art, and in particular by the Fluxus movement.



John Latham
John Latham
Zambia, 1921

Past Exhibitions

Lisson Presents…

Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street
22/09/2017 — 11/11/2017

John Latham: a World of View

Serpentine Gallery
02/03/2017 — 21/05/2017


Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street
15/07/2016 — 27/08/2016

Solo Shows


“A World View: John Letham”, Serpentine Galleries, London


“John Letham Spray Pintings”, Lisson Gallery, London


“John Letham / Lee Ufan”, Lisson Gallery, London

Group Shows


“Viva Arte Viva”,57th Venice biennale, Venice, Italy

“Art In Europe 1945 – 1968, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany

“Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965”, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Zambia Country of birth: Zambia Date of birth: 1921 Lives in: 2006