Hugh Cunningham

1927

Artist biography

Hugh Cunningham is a contemporary artist considered well established, Hugh Cunningham was born in 1927. Artists like Pierre Alechinsky, Ben Benson, Lillian Declarence August, Donald Brook, and Albert Victor Crewe were also born in 1927.

Further Biographical Context for Hugh Cunningham

Hugh Cunningham was born in 1927, grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that explored notions of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. A number of artists focused on the formal properties of painting, and action painting took inspiration from the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this period. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Hugh Cunningham

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