Mike Osborne

1941 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Mike Osborne is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the United Kingdom. Mike Osborne was born in 1941. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Maggi Hambling, Richard Cook and Phyllida Barlow.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mike Osborne's work is available for viewing at Holly Johnson Gallery located in Dallas, the United States. Mike Osborne's work has most recently been exhibited at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas (03 January 2020 until 13 March 2020) with the exhibition Federal Triangle. Mike Osborne's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Summertime Blues: Collages, Drawings, Paintings, Photography, Sculpture, and Prints, which took place at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, the United States (21 June 2019 - 27 August 2019).

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the influence 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 an important hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations 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 that epitomize British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some notable 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.

Further Biographical Context for Mike Osborne

Mike Osborne was born in 1941 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely influential era which generated an important number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with ground-breaking values and movements emerging in a cradle of inventiveness. Simplicity and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly gathering polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first blossoming of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to achieve by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily persuaded by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often associated with the human condition. worldwide, an important number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Mike Osborne

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