Hamish Fulton

1946 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Hamish Fulton is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Hamish Fulton was born in 1946. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1946 and of the same generation are Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Hamish Fulton's work, including galleries in countries like Italy, Norway, and Spain. The galleries exhibiting Hamish Fulton's work include Maureen Paley in London, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo in Rome, as well as Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice. Hamish Fulton most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Parafin in London (21 November 2019 until 07 February 2020) with the exhibition A Decision To Choose Only Walking. Hamish Fulton's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; LINES (09 June 2019 - 29 August 2019) at Noire Gallery in Italy and HAMISH FULTON (13 October 2018 - 19 January 2019) at Galleri Riis - Oslo in Norway. Hamish Fulton's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called HAMISH FULTON and took place at Galleri Riis - Oslo in Norway from the 13 October 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated vast wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became an important hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists part of 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 Hamish Fulton

Born in 1946, Hamish Fulton grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1960s were an explosive decade internationally, witnessing a proliferation of modernist ideas and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the beginning of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the twentieth century, and was characterised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place across the globe. Psychedelia, an enormous increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Colour Field painting, as practiced by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, further developed some of the expressive philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, but removed much of the rhetoric, instead approaching a more rule-based approach to surface and colour that related this practice to Minimalism. Globally, many artistic movements echoed the creative concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialisms and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for artists, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Hamish Fulton

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