Anthea Hamilton

1978 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Anthea Hamilton is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Anthea Hamilton was born in 1978. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Anthea Hamilton is represented by two galleries, which are Komplot in Belgium and Thomas Dane Gallery | Naples in Italy. Anthea Hamilton's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition THE PRUDE at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 06 March 2019 until 17 May 2019.

Anthea Hamilton in private collections

It is the collector Lorenzo Biaggramo, who is in possession of work by Anthea Hamilton at Artland. Lorenzo Biaggramo also has works by other artists including Sarah Derat, Liam Fallon, and Philipp Keel.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed 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 hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Anthea Hamilton

Born in 1978, Anthea Hamilton was primarily influenced by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed an influential collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Anthea Hamilton

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 2

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