Alex Clarke

1988 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Alex Clarke is a young emerging artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom, like other prominent artists such as Geoffrey Mann, John Stezaker, Sachin Kaeley, Victoria Crowe, and Christine Hartman. Alex Clarke was born in 1988.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alex Clarke is represented and exhibited by Super Dakota located in Brussels, Belgium. Alex Clarke most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Super Dakota in Brussels with the exhibition Alles Klar. The exhibition was open from 23 October 2019 until 20 December 2019.

Alex Clarke in private collections

On Artland Alex Clarke's art can be found in the collection of Rod Barton, who for instance also has works by other artists including Choi Jun Kun, DUSKMANN, and Won Sou-Yeol.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the status 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, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Alex Clarke

Born in 1988, Alex Clarke grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

Alex Clarke

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