Helmut Bettenhausen is a contemporary artist considered well established, Helmut Bettenhausen was born in 1935. Artists Giuseppe Armani, Jerome Aidlin, Arthur Azevedo, David Balder, and Giuseppe Amoruso are of the same generation.
Further Biographical Context for Helmut Bettenhausen
Born in 1935, Helmut Bettenhausen was predominantly influenced by the 1950s growing up. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were unified with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.