Mark Neville

1966 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Mark Neville is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Mark Neville was born in 1966. Born in the same country and around the same year are Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.

Mark Neville's Gallery representation

Mark Neville is represented and exhibited by Cristea Roberts Gallery in London, the United Kingdom.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom 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 unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been to a great extent 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 nineteenth century, Britain became an important 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, 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 that epitomize British modernism include for example Vorticism, involving artists related to 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 Mark Neville

Born in 1966, Mark Neville was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade signified the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also marked by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Mark Neville

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