Charles Avery

1973 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Charles Avery is a mid-career established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Charles Avery was born in 1973. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Charles Avery's work is available on display in several galleries around the globe such as in Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Charles Avery's work include Pilar Corrias in London, Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh, and Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri in Rome. Charles Avery most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh (26 April 2019 until 12 July 2019) with the exhibition THE GATES OF ONOMATOPOEIA. Charles Avery's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; The Taile of the One-Armed Snake (28 February 2020 - 10 April 2020) at GRIMM Frans Halsstraat in the Netherlands and Away in the Hill (26 June 2019 - 01 August 2019) at GRIMM | New York in the United States.

Charles Avery in private collections

On Artland Charles Avery's art can be found in the collection of Marc1, who for instance also has works by other artists including Bruno Augsburger, Sarah Derat, and Qafar Rzayev.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been to a great extent eclipsed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way 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. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some notable 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 Charles Avery

Born in 1973, Charles Avery was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. A group 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 varied 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 well known 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 famous 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 large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

Charles Avery

  • Artworks in Collections 1
  • Exhibitions 4

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