Ellison Chen is an established contemporary visual artist, Ellison Chen was born in 1956. Artists like Charles Giai-Gischia, Chen Yungang, John Patrick Bartley, Anne Russinof, and Dana Hart-Stone were also born in 1956.
Further Biographical Context for Ellison Chen
Born in 1956, Ellison Chen's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the spacious outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating mysterious and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first kind of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements began to gain importance included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed substantial commercial and critical achievements. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the dominant critical and institutional levers in New York.