Alan Michael

1967 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Alan Michael is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Alan Michael was born in 1967. Artists Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley are of the same generation and same country as Alan Michael.


Alan Michael's work has most recently been exhibited at Arcadia Missa in London (13 November 2019 until 13 December 2019) with the exhibition The person who is recording cannot intervene. Alan Michael's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Cell Project Space in London (28 September 2018 - 11 November 2018) with the name Astrology and the City and Rodeo in London (14 October 2017 - 11 November 2017) with the name CULTURAL CAPITAL COOPERATIVE OBJECT #1 & 2 . Alan Michael's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called CULTURAL CAPITAL COOPERATIVE OBJECT #1 & 2 and took place at Rodeo in London, the United Kingdom from the 14 October 2017 to 11 November 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious 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 outshined by their respective impact 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 radical 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 organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically significant 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 Michael

Born in 1967, Alan Michael was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Alan Michael