1995 · United Kingdom
Ben Urban is seen as an emerging artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom, like other renowned artists such as Lauren Keeley, Jack Strange, Ailsa Cavers, Michael Dean, and Hannah Perry. Ben Urban was born in 1995.
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The UK has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained tremendous wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern era, 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 a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with 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.