Alan Charlton

1948 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Alan Charlton is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Alan Charlton was born in 1948. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alan Charlton is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France. Galleries exhibiting Alan Charlton's work include Annely Juda Fine Art in London, as well as QG Gallery and Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Brussels. Alan Charlton's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Dark at Annely Juda Fine Art in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 08 November 2017 until 14 December 2017. Alan Charlton's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions Summer Exhibition (14 July 2019 - 29 August 2019) at Annely Juda Fine Art in London and Grey Paintings (13 September 2018 - 03 November 2018) at Annely Juda Fine Art in London. Alan Charlton's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Alan Charlton and took place at Noire Gallery in Turin, Italy from the 18 October 2017 to 10 January 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth 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 degree outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. 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 radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century.

Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, essentially distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Alan Charlton

Alan Charlton was born in 1948 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1960s growing up. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging parallel to each other. On one hand, Pop advocated the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. Artwork by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the rapidly developing Capitalism of the United States, using things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual inspiration. A parallel movement was established on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial developments of conceptual art.

The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, bearing witness to proliferation of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an vast increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era.

Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin.

Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley.

Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further explored some of the expressive philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, but removed much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism.

Around the world many artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti becoming known worldwide for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Alan Charlton

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