Celia Hempton

1981 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Celia Hempton is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other well-known artists such as Jane Bustin, Charlotte Edey, Paul Johnson, Emma Biggs, and Samantha Yallope. Celia Hempton was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Celia Hempton's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as France, Italy, and Sweden. The galleries exhibiting Celia Hempton's work include Galerie Sultana in Paris, Galleria Lorcan O'Neill in Rome, as well as Issues in Stockholm. Celia Hempton most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Mendes Wood DM | Brussels in Belgium with the exhibition Nightfall . The exhibition was open from 07 November 2018 until 19 January 2019.

Celia Hempton in private collections

Celia Hempton's art can be found on Artland in the following collection: Ashley L. Voss. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Miriam Tölke, and Liam Fallon.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained tremendous wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the reputation 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 centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups 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 that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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 Celia Hempton

Born in 1981, Celia Hempton grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Celia Hempton

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 3

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