Michael Simpson

1940 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Michael Simpson is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Michael Simpson was born in 1940. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Michael Simpson's exhibition

Michael Simpson's work has most recently been exhibited at Blain|Southern | Berlin in Germany (07 July 2018 until 15 September 2018) with the exhibition Doodle & Disegno.

Michael Simpson in private collections

The following Collections on Artland feature some of Michael Simpson's works: K which also includes works by other renowned artists Huskmitnavn, Asger Dybvad Larsen and Michael Kvium; and LSH with works from prominent artists Shepard Fairey, Huskmitnavn and Lars Nørgård.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the contemporary era, 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 in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant centre 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 become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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 Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson was born in 1940 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1960s. In the art sphere, a multitude of significant changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the artworks of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the bases on which the production and reception of art were built. Getting inspired from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists rejected the authority of highbrow art and created a revolutionary movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional expression and focused on art’s theoretical features – aspiring to pure visual responses. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was significantly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the lament often linked to the human condition. worldwide, a significant number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Michael Simpson