Jean-Daniel Bourgeois

1983 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jean-Daniel Bourgeois is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Belgium, like other famous artists such as Johan De Wit, Michael Aerts, Xavier Mary, Lieven Deconinck, and Helmut Stallaerts. Jean-Daniel Bourgeois was born in 1983.

Jean-Daniel Bourgeois' Gallery representation

Jean-Daniel Bourgeois' work is available for viewing at Komplot in Brussels, Belgium.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a significant artistic centre since the later years of the 19th 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 nineteenth century, as the period of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was an important hub 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 Jean-Daniel Bourgeois

Born in 1983, Jean-Daniel Bourgeois grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start 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 group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as 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 gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Relational Aesthetics became a core idea. It was a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.

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