Obituary was included in Suburbia, an evening of spoken word, and music performance, curated by Lee Campbell held at The Foreign Press Association, London on 1 March 2008.

The Obituary (edited)

The art world was today saddened to hear of the death last week of Sir Daniel Lehan who died peacefully at his home in Kent surrounded by his family and close friends.

With his ‘quicksilver’ imagination and boundless energy, he created an extensive body of work that will influence artists for generations to come. His text-based works, including his sandwich boards, are held in National and International collections.

Major solo exhibitions of Lehan’s work were held including those at Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre, Guggenheim, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, and he was the first British artist to be awarded a retrospective at the Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art. His work appeared in non-gallery contexts, and many people participated in the work that he presented on the streets of major cities, or encountered one of his huge billboard fictions. In 2025 he was knighted in recognition for his contribution to British Culture.

Creative to the end, his final work, Merle, a recording of blackbird song – which he adored – will be played at the conclusion of his private funeral service.

Daniel Lehan, artist, born 4 March 1959; died 11 January 2047

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