Ian Law

1984 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Ian Law is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other prominent artists such as David Byrne, Phoebe Cummings, Celina Teague, DW Percival, and Alex Schady. Ian Law was born in 1984.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ian Law's work is on display at Rodeo in London, the United Kingdom. Ian Law's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition WE at Rodeo in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 29 September 2018 until 10 October 2018. Ian Law's only other exhibition is EARLY MONODIES, which took place at Rodeo in London, the United Kingdom (29 June 2018 - 08 September 2018).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been to a great extent eclipsed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 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, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Ian Law

Ian Law was born in 1984 and was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most well known member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline.

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