Alan Constable

1956 · Australia

Artist biography

Alan Constable is seen as an established artist, who originates from Australia, like other well-known artists such as Mark Whalen, Arini Byng, Helen Johnson, Freda Davies, and Erin Hallyburton. Alan Constable was born in 1956.

Alan Constable's Gallery representation

Alan Constable is represented and exhibited by Dutton Gallery in New York, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Alan Constable

Alan Constable was born in 1956 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a desire to grow and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, predominantly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, fortified his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. Towards the end of the 1970s, street art, evolving from graffiti, was starting to truly mesmerize the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, demonstrating that their artworks could exist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Following, the global extent of street art would become extremely influential, representing an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

Alan Constable

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