1970 · United Kingdom
Dawn Mellor is an established mid-career artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Dawn Mellor was born in 1970. Born in the same country and around the same year are Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Dawn Mellor is represented and exhibited by two galleries. These are Team Gallery | Los Angeles and Team Gallery | Grand Street in the United States. Dawn Mellor most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Mendes Wood DM | Brussels in Belgium (07 November 2018 until 19 January 2019) with the exhibition Nightfall .
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The UK has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated vast wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the nineteenth century, Britain became an important focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds 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 in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with 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 Dawn Mellor
Born in 1970, Dawn Mellor grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.