Angus Fairhurst was one of the most prominent YBAs (Young British Artists). In 1986 he went to Goldsmiths College in London where his fellow students included Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst and friendships began then led to twenty years of collaboration and association, notably the three person show at Tate Britain "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (2004)
Fairhurst was included in many of the key YBA exhibitons. He was one of the original group of artists selected by Hirst for his 1988 "Freeze" show and in 1994, his work appeared in "Some Went Mad . . . Some Ran Away", curated by Hirst at the Serpentine Gallery. The title was "borrowed" from Fairhurst's show at Karsten Schubert's gallery three years earlier. He was alos included in "Brilliant: art from London" at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1995) and the "Sensation" at the Royal Academy (1997). In 2006 his work was included in the group exhibition, "In the darkest hour there may be light: works from Damien Hirst's murderme collection".