About James Owens' work
James Owens' work is essentially grounded in figuration. Some world-renowned artists praised for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply described as being the farthest from abstract art, since it essentially consists of the representation of objects or figures holding a strong reference to the real world. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains extremely resourceful and imaginative, encompassing a multitude of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary era, Britain had been largely 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 nineteenth century, Britain became an important centre 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 become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some significant 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.