Jakup Auce by John Gillis

1972 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jakup Auce by John Gillis is an established mid-career artist, who originates from Belgium, like other famous artists such as Sarah Van Marcke, Emeline Depas, Olivia Hernaïz, Gideon Kiefer., and Celine Gillain. Jakup Auce by John Gillis was born in 1972.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jakup Auce by John Gillis is represented by Cinnnamon in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Jakup Auce by John Gillis' work has most recently been exhibited at Cinnnamon in Rotterdam (09 September 2018 until 13 October 2018) with the exhibition Digital Distortions.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been an important artistic centre since the later part of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to major 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 integral centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a key 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 Jakup Auce by John Gillis

Born in 1972, Jakup Auce by John Gillis grew up during the 1990s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. 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 artists, 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 artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became famous 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 considerable 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 such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international 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 exerted a notable influence on younger artists.

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