Nathaniel De Large

1983 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Nathaniel De Large is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other well-known artists such as Mihov, Francis Davison, DW Percival, Rachel Thomas, and Lucy Jones. Nathaniel De Large was born in 1983.

Nathaniel De Large's exhibition

Nathaniel De Large most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Jack Barrett in New York (15 March 2019 until 28 April 2019) with the exhibition Jan's Pond.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge 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. Important artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance 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 Nathaniel De Large

Nathaniel De Large was born in 1983 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. A group 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 collective of practitioners. Many 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 entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Nathaniel De Large

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