Katy Moran

1975 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Katy Moran is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Katy Moran was born in 1975. Artists Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris are of the same generation and same country as Katy Moran.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Katy Moran's work is available on viewing in Modern Art in London, the United Kingdom and Sperone Westwater in New York, the United States. Katy Moran's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Summer Show at Modern Art in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 13 July 2018 until 11 August 2018. Katy Moran's work has also been exhibited during the I want to live in the afternoon of that day exhibition at Sperone Westwater in New York, the United States (28 February 2019 - 19 April 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been significantly overshadowed 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, 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, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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.

Further Biographical Context for Katy Moran

Katy Moran was born in 1975 and was predominantly influenced 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, 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 famous member of YBAs 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 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 key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.

Katy Moran

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