Aukje Dekker

1983 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Aukje Dekker is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the Netherlands, like other famous artists such as Joost Tholens, Zedz (Alias), Jonathan Leih, Blommers & Schumm, and Zhana Ivanova. Aukje Dekker was born in 1983.

About Aukje Dekker's works

Aukje Dekker is best known for working in the fields of Conceptual, Figuration, Abstraction and Digital. Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has sparked a significant amount of controversy and debate, often provoking intense reactions in its audience. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more important than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most significant part of the work, conceptual art thus aims to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his controversial artwork Fontaine, which tried to obliterate the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the artworks can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Some world-renowned artists praised for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply described as being the farthest from abstract art, since it essentially consists of the depiction of objects or figures holding a strong reference to the real world. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains highly resourceful and inventive, encompassing a multitude of styles and mediums, ranging from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.

Abstraction, in essence terms, means distancing or suppressing one thing from another. When it comes to the visual arts, it can be understood as creating an artwork which distances itself from a true representational reference point. The movement was born in the early 20th century, and can be seen as an attempt to release the artist’s creative energy, through freedom and constant self-renewal. In abstract artworks, the object is simplified, with the use of colours and textures, thus creating a fundamentally new idea of reality. Abstract art can be traced back to Impressionism, and paved the way for a significant number of movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism, which is still considered to be one the most powerful contemporary art movements. Some critically acclaimed artists renowned for their contribution to Abstraction include Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, or Pablo Picasso.

In the early 1980s, renowned artists such as Harold Cohen or Andy Warhol started to experiment with computer painting programs, thus paving the way for what would later be recognized as digital art. From digital paintings to installations or 3D renderings of sculptures, digital art is essentially blending technology with art, creating a innovative sphere where freedom and never-ending possibilities invite artists to experiment and create. Whether the technology is the medium or the end itself, for art to be considered as digital, any sort of computer processing needs to be involved in the creation or presentation of the work. The world of digital art is complex and naturally progressing, as technology itself continues to grow and develop.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Aukje Dekker is represented and exhibited by HERO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Aukje Dekker most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at HERO in Amsterdam with the exhibition Heroes . The exhibition was open from 19 July 2019 until 23 August 2019.

Aukje Dekker has six works for sale currently available on Artland.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a solid heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its place as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were amidst the most renowned in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such personalities as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Willem de Kooning is also Dutch, although he emigrated to the United States in his youth and his work is most closely related to the New York City Abstract Expressionist era of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Aukje Dekker

Aukje Dekker was born in 1983 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1990s. 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 artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside 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 art became known 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'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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