Jonathan Yeo

1970 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Jonathan Yeo is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Jonathan Yeo was born in 1970. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Jonathan Yeo's Gallery representation

Jonathan Yeo is represented by Eleven in London, the United Kingdom.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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.

Further Biographical Context for Jonathan Yeo

Jonathan Yeo was born in 1970 and was primarily influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

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