Helen Chadwick

1953 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Helen Chadwick is regarded as a well established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Helen Chadwick was born in 1953. Born in the same country and around the same year are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.


Helen Chadwick most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London (09 January 2020 until 14 February 2020) with the exhibition Maternality. Helen Chadwick's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Nocturnal Union: A View on the Surreal (12 September 2018 - 30 November 2018) at Austin / Desmond Fine Art in London and Women Look At Women (15 February 2018 - 31 March 2018) at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London. Helen Chadwick's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Women Look At Women and took place at Richard Saltoun Gallery in London, the United Kingdom from the 15 February 2018 to 31 March 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant degree eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, essentially distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Helen Chadwick

Born in 1953, Helen Chadwick's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a desire to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest 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, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto gained international success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.

Helen Chadwick