Elizabeth Humphries

1951

Artist biography

Elizabeth Humphries is an established artist. Elizabeth Humphries was born in 1951. Also born in 1951 and of this same generation are Huyon Chon, C. Michael Norton, Chris Foley, Drew Shiflett, and Norbert Francis Attard.

Further Biographical Context for Elizabeth Humphries

Elizabeth Humphries was born in 1951 and grew up during the 1970s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who held a strong interest in the European ideas of phenomenology, associated with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to give life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Elizabeth Humphries

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