Nick Gentry

1980 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Nick Gentry is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Nick Gentry was born in 1980. Artists Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris are of the same generation and same country as Nick Gentry.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nick Gentry's work is available on display in Absolte Art Gallery in Brussels, Belgium and C24 Gallery in New York, the United States. Nick Gentry's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition GROUPSHOW at Absolte Art Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 31 May 2019 until 29 June 2019.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued 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 contemporary era, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 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 setting the tone for artist-led organisations, groups and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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 Nick Gentry

Born in 1980, Nick Gentry grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became famed for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form an influential group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Nick Gentry

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