Adam Barker-Mill

1942 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Adam Barker-Mill was a creative artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Adam Barker-Mill was born in 1942. Artists Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow are of the same generation and same country as Adam Barker-Mill.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Adam Barker-Mill is represented by several galleries around the world, including countries like the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of those galleries are Laure Genillard and Bartha Contemporary in London, and Fresh Window in New York. Adam Barker-Mill's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Retrospective Kunstmuseum Ahlen at Bartha Contemporary in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 21 November 2019 until 01 February 2020. Adam Barker-Mill's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions Binder of Women (18 August 2018 - 15 September 2018) at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco and Retrospective (23 November 2019 - 15 February 2020) at Kunstmuseum Ahlen in Aachen.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became an important focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century.

Important artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Adam Barker-Mill

Adam Barker-Mill was born in 1942 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1960s growing up. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s epitomize an extremely influential era which generated an important number of disruptions and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society ensued, with revolutionary values and movements evolving in a cradle of innovation.

In the art world, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, embracing the culture of mass media through the artworks of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the bases on which the production and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists rejected the authority of highbrow art and created a ground-breaking movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional expression and focused on art’s theoretical features – aspiring to pure visual responses.

Honesty and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements.

The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by elevating popular culture to the status of high art.

Exploring further into some of the concepts inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists such as Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – decidedly relating to Minimalism, with an essentially ruled-based approach, devoid of any emotional aspect.

Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily persuaded by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group embraced similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Adam Barker-Mill

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