Marie Harnett

1983 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Marie Harnett is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other well-known artists such as Lee Jeffries, Chris Guest, Donna Huddleston, Emilie Taylor, and Mick Hutchings. Marie Harnett was born in 1983.

Marie Harnett's exhibition

Marie Harnett most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London with the exhibition Still. The exhibition was open from 23 November 2017 until 06 January 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary era, Britain had been significantly 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 19th 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 paving the way for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some notable 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 Marie Harnett

Born in 1983, Marie Harnett's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as evidenced by the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Marie Harnett

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