Mark Handforth

1969 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Mark Handforth is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Mark Handforth was born in 1969. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mark Handforth is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries like Switzerland, Italy, and the United States. Some of those galleries are Gavin Brown's Enterprise | Rome and Galleria Franco Noero | Piazza Carignano in Italy, and Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Switzerland. Mark Handforth's work has most recently been exhibited at Galleria Franco Noero | Piazza Carignano in Turin (15 May 2017 until 14 October 2017) with the exhibition After Nature.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious 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 eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern world. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial 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 noteworthy movement, essentially distinctive of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically significant 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 Mark Handforth

Mark Handforth was born in 1969 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of rapidly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties 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. significant 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 prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

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