Matthew David Smith

United Kingdom

Artist biography

Matthew David Smith is a visual artist, who was born in the the United Kingdom, like other well-known artists such as Bernadette Keating, Alex Schady, Joe Neave, Henry Moore, and John Smith.

Matthew David Smith in private collections

On Artland Matthew David Smith's works can be found in the following collection: Bech Risvig Collection which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been to a great extent eclipsed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the nineteenth century, Britain became an important hub 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, guilds 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 that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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.

Matthew David Smith

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