Jérôme Decock

1973 · Belgium

Artist biography

Jérôme Decock is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium, like other celebrated artists such as Carine Campo, Stijn Ank, Tom Callemin, Carl De Keyzer, and Walter LeBlanc. Jérôme Decock was born in 1973.

Jérôme Decock's exhibition

Jérôme Decock's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Yes:no, perhaps at Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna in Austria. The exhibition was open from 17 January 2020 until 28 February 2020.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a vibrant artistic centre since the later part 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 integral hub for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a main 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 Jérôme Decock

Born in 1973, Jérôme Decock's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a controversial reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.

Jérôme Decock

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