James Alec Hardy

1979 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

James Alec Hardy is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. James Alec Hardy was born in 1979. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

James Alec Hardy is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom and Germany. The galleries exhibiting James Alec Hardy's work include Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery | London, Melior Place and Kristin Hjellegjerde London | Wandsworth in the United Kingdom, as well as Kristin Hjellegjerde Berlin in Germany. James Alec Hardy most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Kristin Hjellegjerde London | Wandsworth in the United Kingdom with the exhibition Yggdrasil. The exhibition was open from 25 January 2019 until 29 March 2019. James Alec Hardy's work has also been exhibited during the Some Things Are Clearer In The Dark exhibition at Kristin Hjellegjerde London | Wandsworth in the United Kingdom (13 October 2017 - 11 November 2017).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant degree outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, essentially characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for James Alec Hardy

Born in 1979, James Alec Hardy's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

James Alec Hardy

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