Linder

1954 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Linder is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Linder was born in 1954. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

About Linder's works

Linder's work is illustrative of the fields of Figuration and Pop. In essence, figurative art is art which represents familiar features of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very core more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Linder's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Pop Art is a highly influential movement which first came to be in the 1950s, across Britain and America, and can be described as both a critique and celebration of mass-produced popular culture. Although the styles and mediums involved in Pop Art can highly vary, going from Roy Lichtenstein reproductions of comic-strips, to Andy Warhol’s silk-screen prints of soup cans, and Richard Hamilton’s collages, the underlying most fundamental aspect remains the same – an interest in mass-production, mass-culture and popular media. With Pop Art, the spirit of popular culture is raised to the status of high art, shifting boundaries and establishing a connection to the general public never achieved before by any other movement.

Linder's Gallery representation

Linder is represented and exhibited by Modern Art located in London, the United Kingdom.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent outshined by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, essentially distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists known for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Linder

Linder was born in 1954 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1970s growing up. Conceptualism is often perceived as a response to Minimalism, and the dominant art movement of the 1970s, challenging the boundaries of art with its revolutionary features. The movements that succeeded were all representative of a strong desire to progress and strengthen the art world, in response to the tensions of the previous decade. Process art branched out from Conceptualism, including some of its most essential aspects, but going further in creating mysterious and experimental artistic journeys, while Land Art brought creation to the outsides, initiating early philosophies of environmentalism. In Germany, Expressive figure painting was given another chance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism almost twenty years ago, the genre regained its distinction through the brushstrokes of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the critically acclaimed artists from the 1960s, who had gained success and fame, kept their status in the 1970s. Andy Warhol was a key figure of those two decades, and in the 1970s started to experiment with film and magazine publishing, thus engaging in a cross-cultural activity that no other visual artist of such standard had previously undertaken. By doing so, he secured his status as a celebrity. The critically engaged Mono-Ha movement, comprised of Japanese and Korean artists, blossomed in Tokyo in the 1970s. Rejecting traditional ideas of representation, the artists favoured an interpretation of the world through an engagement with materials and an examination of their properties. The artworks would often consist of encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, mostly left intact.

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