The hand of Jimmy Savile, 2015

The hand of Jimmy Savile, 2015

C-type print, 60.9cm x 50.8cm (2015)

Entertainer, Television personality and Radio DJ Jimmy Savile died in 2011. Since his death, Savile’s double life as a paedophile, confidence trickster and all round Mr Nasty has been uncovered leading to the exposure of hundreds of cases of abuse by him and other public figures of the 1970s. Both intriguing and shiver-inducing, The hand of Jimmy Savile reveals a palm reading carried out on the celebrity in 1966. Exposing his character decades before the recent scandal, the work highlights how the unknown lives of figures in the public eye are always lurking in the background, despite our often automatic trust and worship.

Despite national vilification, The Hand of Jimmy Savile, is an awkward reminder that Savile is in fact a human being. Portrayed by the media as a monster and key perpetrator of sexual abuse, Savile’s hand print suggests both his deception and simultaneously his singularity – highlighting that his crimes were not committed in isolation. Presented on a bed of grey fur alongside an eerily close character analysis, the print invites the viewer to question its origin while conjuring images of Savile’s synonymous grey hair and the delicate nature of his victims.