“The sole difference between myself and a madman is the fact that I am not mad!”, Salvador Dali once famously said on the idea of him being a tortured artist. The link between creativity and mental illness has been romanticised, mythologised and studied by psychiatrists and artists alike for decades. What is often left out of the conversation is art’s capacity to transform, heal and strengthen.
It’s this capacity for healing that is the topic of a new exhibition at London’s Zebra One Gallery entitled ‘With Art in Mind’. Exploring how artists share their own experiences of mental health through their work, the exhibition features pieces from iconic artists including Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol alongside contemporary artists Kim Noble, Charlie and Eddie Proudfoot and George Harding.
Preview the exhibition below, with five poignant works from contemporary artists who will be on display, with a percentage of all sales going towards the Mental Health Foundation.