Bill Brandt

1904 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Bill Brandt is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United Kingdom. Bill Brandt was born in 1904. Artists Edward Burra, Barbara Hepworth, Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Francis Bacon and Rex Whistler are of the same generation and same country as Bill Brandt.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bill Brandt's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in Switzerland and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Bill Brandt's work include Grob Gallery in Geneva, Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, and Gitterman Gallery in New York. Bill Brandt most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London with the exhibition VINTAGE WORKS. The exhibition was open from 20 November 2018 until 19 January 2019. Bill Brandt's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Photographs from the Paul Sack Collection (17 September 2019 - 01 November 2019) at Deborah Bell Photographs in New York and Scrapbook (or, Why Can’t We Live Together) (11 July 2019 - 18 August 2019) at Microscope Gallery in New York.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary era, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the importance 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 cutting-edge movement setting the tone 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. Ground-breaking artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for example Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant 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 Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt was born in 1904 and was largely influenced by the 1920s. Key artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be worked on during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time the careers of many inspiring and pioneering artists began to flourish, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of reflection and sombreness following the horrors of the First World War. Significant shifts in politics were taking place worldwide, and Marxism took a strong hold as an ideology within artist groups and communities. The leading focus for art during this time was on Freudian theory and the human subconscious, and these ideas were best portrayed by artists including Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux, whilst in Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine developed methods of art which were expressive and dynamic.

Bill Brandt