Jacques André

1969 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jacques André is an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in Belgium, like other famous artists such as Matthijs Kimpe, Stéphane Schraenen, Stanislas Lahaut, Dirk Elst, and Maurice Wyckaert. Jacques André was born in 1969.

Jacques André's Gallery representation

Jacques André is represented and exhibited by Galerie Catherine Bastide located in Marseille, France.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic centre since the later years of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to significant influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late 19th century, as the period of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a significant artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Jacques André

Born in 1969, Jacques André grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were an era of increasing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Jacques André

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