Hugo Wilson

1983 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Hugo Wilson is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other celebrated artists such as Thomas J Price, Dan Coopey, Jack Strange, Sara Naim, and Ashley Holmes. Hugo Wilson was born in 1983.

Hugo Wilson's Gallery representation

Hugo Wilson's work is on display at Parafin in London, the United Kingdom.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed 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. Important artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Hugo Wilson

Hugo Wilson was born in 1983 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exercised a notable influence on younger artists.

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