1769 · United Kingdom
James Ward is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in the the United Kingdom, like other prominent artists such as Charlie Godet Thomas, Gary-Colclough, Tess Williams, Diana Rattray, and Victor Willing. James Ward was born in 1769.
James Ward's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition British art work at The Fine Art Society in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 01 September 2019 until 29 September 2019. James Ward's work has also been exhibited during the The Nineteenth Century exhibition at The Fine Art Society in London, the United Kingdom (27 November 2017 - 03 January 2018).
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been significantly 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 cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, associations 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 example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some notable 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.