Dick Chappell

1954

Artist biography

Dick Chappell is a contemporary artist considered well established, Dick Chappell was born in 1954. Also born in 1954 and of this same generation are Damas, Martine, Libuse Babakova, Thomas Balbo, Claudine Castaing-Vergnol, and Gredi Assa.

Further Biographical Context for Dick Chappell

Dick Chappell was born in 1954 and was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central strains of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an important position in the international art world, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate during the following decade.

Dick Chappell

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