Miles Debas

1985 · France

Artist biography

Miles Debas is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other celebrated artists such as Emilie Heurtevent, Aude De Voc, Frédéric Bouffandeau, Rero, and Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann. Miles Debas was born in 1985.


Miles Debas' work has most recently been exhibited at Beers London in the United Kingdom (24 November 2018 until 12 January 2019) with the exhibition WORKS ON PAPER. Miles Debas' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Beers London in the United Kingdom (17 November 2017 - 23 December 2017) with the name 75 Works on Paper  and The Java Project in the United States (01 March 2019 - 02 May 2019) with the name World of Forms and Butts.

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the development of modernism. Throughout the 19th century, France established the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, with movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by critically acclaimed artists. During the first part of the 20th century, Paris was a fundamental intellectual and cultural centre, contributing cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst many of others.

Further Biographical Context for Miles Debas

Miles Debas was born in 1985 and was primarily inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a group of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, connected generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the 1990s, the divisive, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the atmosphere of the era.

Miles Debas

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