Alun Williams

1961 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Alun Williams is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Alun Williams was born in 1961. Artists Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare are of the same generation and same country as Alun Williams.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Alun Williams' work is available for viewing at Anne Barrault in Paris, France. Alun Williams' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition No Paine No Gain at Handel Street Projects in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 22 September 2018 until 10 November 2018. Alun Williams' only other exhibition is Sur les Traces de Monsieur Paine, which took place at Anne Barrault in Paris, France (01 November 2019 - 20 December 2019).

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 prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority 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 eclipsed 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 crucial 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, essentially 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 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 Alun Williams

Born in 1961, Alun Williams' creative work was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique 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 signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading 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 recognition.

Alun Williams

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