Jonathan Guaittamacchi is a modern artist, who was born in the United Kingdom - other established artists such as Gary Colclough, Dani Brown, Vincenzo Marchese Ragona, Matt Copson, and Janine Roux were also born inthe United Kingdom.
Jonathan Guaittamacchi in private collections
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The United Kingdom has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the reputation 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 a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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.