David Bailey

1938 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

David Bailey is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. David Bailey was born in 1938. Born in the same country and around the same year are Lucien Freud, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Andrews and Bridget Rilet.

Galleries and Exhibitions

David Bailey's work is on display in two galleries, which are Paul Stolper Gallery in London, the United Kingdom and Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, Italy. David Bailey most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Gagosian | Davies Street in London (14 February 2019 until 30 March 2019) with the exhibition The Sixties.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the importance 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 focal point 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, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking 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 David Bailey

Born in 1938, David Bailey was largely inspired by the 1950s growing up. During the Post War period, New York City became the international focus for Modernism. During the Second World War, many artists had travelled to the city after having fled in exile from Europe, which culminated in a merging and amalgamation of abilities and ideas. Whilst in New York, influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many subsequent decades. Significant artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been acknowledged, amongst many other female creatives.

David Bailey

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