Chen Guozhan

1937

Artist biography

Chen Guozhan is a contemporary artist considered well established, Chen Guozhan was born in 1937. Also born in 1937 and of this same generation are Peter Vogel, Hamid Alaoui, Chen Che, Tomislav Gotovac, and Tomislav Gotovac.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Guozhan

Born in 1937, Chen Guozhan grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Chen Guozhan

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