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Outrageous Fortune Tarot Deck

  • Object:

    Tarot card

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2011 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richards, James, born 1983 (artist)
    Hiller, Susan, born 1940 - died 2019 (artist)
    Slimvolume (commissioner)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Focal Point Gallery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 211

Physical description

Tarot card from a deck of 78 tarot cards, each designed by a different artist. The cards are interpretations of the classic Tarot de Marseille deck of cards. Richards and Murphy's original design, entitled 'The Priest', 2010, was executed as an inkjet print and depicts a topless man with a shaved head, exposing his penis and holding a large axe, with a priest's dog collar painted at the neck in correction fluid and ink.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


2011 (made)


Richards, James, born 1983 (artist)
Hiller, Susan, born 1940 - died 2019 (artist)
Slimvolume (commissioner)

Materials and Techniques

Printed card


Height: 420 mm, Width: 285 mm

Descriptive line

Tarot card by James Richards and Thom Murphy for the 'Outrageous Fortune Tarot Deck', made for the exhibition 'Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot' by Focal Point Gallery, Southend, and the Hayward Gallery, London. Great Britain, 2011.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

This 2011 Hayward Touring project was curated by the founder of Slimvolume, Andrew Hunt, for The Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea. 78 artists from a multitude of artistic disciplines and mediums were asked to create a card for a contemporary tarot pack, printed as a numbered edition of 1,000. Each artist drew a card randomly and had to reinterpret the theme in their own way. The decks of cards were then given away to recipients nominated by the artists. The initial exhibition consisted of the 78 artworks, all produced and framed to the same near-A3 format, accompanied by explanatory captions and an example of the Tarot of Marseille pack.

The box was designed by Scott King and the back of the cards by Susan Hiller. The following list of artists took part in the project:

Jonathan Allen, Aaron Angell, Ed Atkins, Anna Barriball, Zoe Beloff, Manfredi Beninati, Juliette Blightman, Erik Blinderman, Pavel Braila, Paul Buck, Edwin Burdis, Montgomery Cantsin and Kat Harvey, Rachel Cattle, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Izumi Chiaraluce, Adam Chodzko, Keith Coventry, Cullinan / Richards, John Cussans, Tom Dale, Simon Davenport, Sara De Bondt, Arnaud Desjardin, Tatjana Doll, Ruth Ewan, Graham Fagen, Keith Farquhar, Michael Fullerton, Manuela Gernedel, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Griffiths, Susan Hiller, HIT (Lina Grumm and Annette Lux), Will Holder, Phillipa Horan, Kenneth Hunt, Candice Jacobs, Alan Kane, Scott King, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Jonty Lees, Cedar Lewisohn, George Henry Longly, Fiona Mackay, Roger Malbert, Dawn Mellor, Jeremy Millar, Elinor Morgan, Fraser Muggeridge, Mike Nelson, Novel (Alun Rowlands and Matt Williams), Luigi Ontani, Anna Parkina, Katie Paterson, João Penalva, Perle Petit, Simon Popper, Manuel Raeder, Dan Rees, James Richards and Thom Murphy, Hannah Rickards, Hannah Sawtell, Noah Sherwood, Jamie Shovlin, Lindsay Seers, Cally Spooner, Jemima Stehli, Jack Strange, Stephen Sutcliffe, Emma Talbot, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Nadia Thondrayen, Suzanne Treister, Raisa Veikkola and Frida Alvinzi, Julie Verhoeven, Sophie von Hellermann, Tris Vonna-Michell in dialogue with Konst och teknik, Stuart Whipps, Rachel Withers and Cerith Wyn Evans.





Subjects depicted

Axes; Dog collar; Naked man


Prints; Games; Myths & Legends


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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