Jess Johnson

1979 · New Zealand

Artist biography

Jess Johnson is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from New Zealand, like other prominent artists such as Michael Stevenson, Séraphine Pick, Nikau Hindin, Toni Gill, and Kirsty Budge. Jess Johnson was born in 1979.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Jess Johnson's work is available for viewing at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, the United States. Jess Johnson most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Essex Flowers in New York (23 May 2019 until 22 June 2019) with the exhibition PSYCHEDELIC HEALING CENTER. Jess Johnson's work has also been exhibited during the Panspermia, Sing Omega exhibition at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York, the United States (05 September 2019 - 05 October 2019).

Further Biographical Context for Jess Johnson

Jess Johnson was born in 1979 and was primarily inspired creatively 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, united generally by their age and nationality. Many 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 divisive 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 entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the atmosphere of the era.

Jess Johnson

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