Was he really interested in not only those influences from popular culture and photography and so on, but historically interested in art?
Oh very much so. He collected modern paintings, but he had an encyclopedic knowledge of everything. Nobody really understood where Lee got all his references from because he had such a huge number of them, Vermeer, Van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, but I think all the Italian old masters came back again and again and again.
Yeah, he was very interested in Bosch. He was also very interested in Allen Jones as well.
Yes he was.
He had an Allen Jones table in his living room that we used to sit around. And his house was full of contemporary artworks by a lot of his friends. He had a lot of work by the Chapman brothers and Tracey Emin, and also he had the Dan Holdsworth pictures and photographs of Iceland of the black landscapes. He really liked those. Some of my work. He really enjoyed coming to the space that I’d work in, because I’d work in the same space as Jake and Dinos Chapman, and he would love coming there and seeing what they were up to.