Helmut Smits

1974 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Helmut Smits is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the Netherlands, like other prominent artists such as Omar Koubâa, Ine Lamers, Charlotte Dumas, Studio Drift(Lonneke Gordijn), and Hans Scholten. Helmut Smits was born in 1974.

Helmut Smits' Gallery representation

Helmut Smits' work is available for viewing at Fresh Window located in New York, the United States.

Historical Context of Netherlands

In the post-Impressionist era, the dutch Vincent Van Gogh is considered among one of the most significant innovators, and is of course regarded as one of the most remarkable painters of all time, regardless of the era. In the 20th century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were made under the support of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was a major architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Helmut Smits

Born in 1974, Helmut Smits was predominantly inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Helmut Smits

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