Matt Bryans

1977 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Matt Bryans is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Matt Bryans was born in 1977. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Matt Bryans' work is available for viewing at Martin van Zomeren in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Matt Bryans' work has most recently been exhibited at Kate MacGarry in London (10 November 2017 until 16 December 2017) with the exhibition Fifteen. Matt Bryans' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Martin van Zomeren in Amsterdam (31 May 2019 - 05 July 2019) with the name Dub Toasted Time and Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam (23 June 2018 - 28 July 2018) with the name Nieuw Amsterdams Peil - Despise the solid burgher, but deep drink of his flagon.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent ascent 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 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 vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through major 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, 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 period 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 Matt Bryans

Matt Bryans was born in 1977 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs garnered a controversial public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this outline.

Matt Bryans

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