Emma Biggs

1956 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Emma Biggs is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in the United Kingdom. Emma Biggs was born in 1956. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Emma Biggs' work is on display at Vigo Gallery located in London, the United Kingdom. Emma Biggs most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Vigo Gallery in London (18 September 2019 until 19 January 2020) with the exhibition The Teraphim in the Camel's Furniture: Six Icons of Light.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been largely overshadowed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became a significant 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, associations 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 that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some significant 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 Emma Biggs

Born in 1956, Emma Biggs' creative work was primarily inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a wish to evolve and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many tensions 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 aspects 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 resurfaced and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. 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 frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they aimed to give life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Emma Biggs

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