Mathew Hale

1962 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Mathew Hale is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Mathew Hale was born in 1962. Born in the same country and around the same year are Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mathew Hale's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium, France, and the United States. Galleries exhibiting Mathew Hale's work include Galerie Michel Rein in Belgium, Galerie Michel Rein | Paris in France, and Ratio 3 in the United States. Mathew Hale's work has most recently been exhibited at Grice Bench in Los Angeles (05 April 2019 until 10 May 2019) with the exhibition LA CALIFORNIE.. Mathew Hale's only other exhibition is Barbara, or Ardor, which took place at Grice Bench in Los Angeles, the United States (18 August 2018 - 27 September 2018).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained tremendous wealth from 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 status 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 an important focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Mathew Hale

Born in 1962, Mathew Hale was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were a key decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Mathew Hale

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