Adam Mcewen

1965 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Adam Mcewen is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Adam Mcewen was born in 1965. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Adam Mcewen is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium, France, and Italy. Galleries include rodolphe janssen in Belgium, Galerie Art: Concept in France, as well as Gagosian | Rome in Italy. Adam Mcewen's work has most recently been exhibited at rodolphe janssen in Brussels (25 July 2019 until 24 August 2019) with the exhibition Groetjes uit Knokke - summer project at the Belgian seaside. Adam Mcewen's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; rodolphe janssen in Brussels (09 November 2017 - 21 December 2017) with the name birds, cigarettes, guitars, eyes and trees and Galerie Art: Concept in Paris (13 October 2017 - 18 November 2017) with the name Adam Mcewen – Solo Show.

Adam Mcewen in private collections

Andrea Festa Fine Art on Artland includes Adam Mcewen's works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Mar Hernández, Cristiano Carotti, and Choi Jun Kun.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant extent eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Adam Mcewen

Adam Mcewen was born in 1965, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Adam Mcewen

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 7

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