Natalie Dray

1988 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Natalie Dray is seen as an emerging artist, who was born in the United Kingdom - other established artists such as Alexandre Karaïvanov, Colden Drystone, Andrew Hart, DW Percival, and Eraux Jasique were also born inthe United Kingdom. Natalie Dray was born in 1988.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Natalie Dray is represented by Galleri Opdahl located in Stavanger, Norway. Natalie Dray's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Kierkegaardashian at Blain|Southern in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 15 July 2018 until 15 September 2018. Natalie Dray's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galleri Opdahl in Stavanger (25 October 2019 - 17 November 2019) with the name lunaxxx and Galleri Opdahl in Stavanger (08 December 2017 - 14 January 2018) with the name Lived in.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural authority of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant degree eclipsed by their respective influence on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and vital agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become fundamental to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led guilds of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically acclaimed British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Natalie Dray

Born in 1988, Natalie Dray grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of creating art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Natalie Dray

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