Matthew Collings

1955 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Matthew Collings is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Matthew Collings was born in 1955. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Matthew Collings' work is on display at Vigo Gallery located in London, the United Kingdom. Matthew Collings' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition The Teraphim in the Camel's Furniture: Six Icons of Light at Vigo Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 18 September 2019 until 19 January 2020.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued considerable wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the importance 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 a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way 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. Major artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some notable 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 Matthew Collings

Born in 1955, Matthew Collings grew up during the 1970s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his reputation as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. A few significant international movements that defined the decade include photorealism, which was firstly introduced in the 1960s and reached commercial and critical success in the 1970s, as well as feminism which deeply influenced the visual culture.

Matthew Collings

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