Mathew Aqigaaq

1940 - 2010

Artist biography

Mathew Aqigaaq was an artist, Mathew Aqigaaq, born in 1940, died in 2010. Also born in 1940 and of this same generation are Edith Schindler, Konstantin Bokov, Susn Hartnett, Francesc Artigau Segui, and Barron Storey.

Further Biographical Context for Mathew Aqigaaq

Mathew Aqigaaq was born in 1940, grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades to come. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.