Jean-Claude Claeys

1951

Artist biography

Jean-Claude Claeys is regarded as a well established artist, Jean-Claude Claeys was born in 1951. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Arthus Bagen, Frans Lampe, Peter Brooke-Ball, Mickaël Bethe-Selassie, and Marianna Accerboni.

Further Biographical Context for Jean-Claude Claeys

Born in 1951, Jean-Claude Claeys was largely inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art world, ensuring that international artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene in the city. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some validity as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate during the next decade.

Jean-Claude Claeys

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