Lenka Clayton

1977 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Lenka Clayton is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Lenka Clayton was born in 1977. Born in the same country and around the same year are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Lenka Clayton is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery located in San Francisco, the United States. Lenka Clayton most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco with the exhibition Won, Too, Free, For. The exhibition was open from 05 April 2019 until 10 May 2019.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the influence 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 hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major 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, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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 Lenka Clayton

Born in 1977, Lenka Clayton was largely influenced by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the global trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Lenka Clayton

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