Martin John Callanan

1982 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Martin John Callanan is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other renowned artists such as Michaela Yearwood-Dan, Cedric Morris, Jodi-Shane Walter, Gavin Turk, and Billy Childish. Martin John Callanan was born in 1982.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Martin John Callanan is represented and exhibited by Galería Horrach Moya in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Martin John Callanan most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galería Horrach Moya in Palma de Mallorca with the exhibition ACTIONS. The exhibition was open from 24 March 2017 until 06 May 2017.

Martin John Callanan in private collections

On Artland Martin John Callanan's works can be found in the collection of Ian Waelder and Pau Waelder, who for instance also has works by other artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

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 wealth and economic power did not shelter it from the apparent cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a rather significant extent eclipsed 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 fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a noteworthy movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association 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 Martin John Callanan

Born in 1982, Martin John Callanan grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start 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 group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside 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 artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work 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 gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form an influential group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Martin John Callanan

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 1

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