Nicola Hicks

1960 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Nicola Hicks is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the United Kingdom. Nicola Hicks was born in 1960. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Nicola Hicks is represented and exhibited by Flowers | New York in the United States. Nicola Hicks most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Flowers | Cork Street in London (08 July 2019 until 25 August 2019) with the exhibition Summer Group Show. Nicola Hicks' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Flowers | Kingsland Road in London (11 July 2019 - 30 August 2019) with the name Motherline and Flowers | Kingsland Road in London (19 September 2017 - 11 November 2017) with the name Wabbling Back to the Fire. Nicola Hicks' first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Wabbling Back to the Fire and took place at Flowers | Kingsland Road in London, the United Kingdom from the 19 September 2017 to 11 November 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy 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 towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became a significant hub 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 develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Nicola Hicks

Born in 1960, Nicola Hicks was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment. The 1980s were a significant decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Nicola Hicks

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