Michael Malpass

1946 - 1991

Artist biography

Michael Malpass was a visual artist. Born in 1946, Michael Malpass passed away in 1991. Artists like Kim Macconnel, Michael Leslie Brewster, Jeffrey Wasserman, Tassilo Blittersdorff, and Leslie Elliott were also born in 1946.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Malpass

Michael Malpass was born in 1946 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both hope and anger, the 1960s triggered an outburst of cutting-edge philosophies and movements, truly exciting and ground-breaking. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly powerful impact internationally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, generating new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the real world. Born of a desire to eradicate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Michael Malpass

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