Paul Drissen

1973 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Paul Drissen is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the Netherlands, like other well-known artists such as Martina Merlini, Tanja Rector, Dick Bruna, Paul de Kort, and Jannes De Vries. Paul Drissen was born in 1973.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Paul Drissen's work is available on viewing in Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels, Belgium and Slewe Galerie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Paul Drissen's work has most recently been exhibited at Slewe Galerie in Amsterdam (23 November 2018 until 22 December 2018) with the exhibition THE PRESENT, PRESENT, PRESENT.

Historical Context of Netherlands

In the post-Impressionist era, the dutch Vincent Van Gogh is considered among one of the most important innovators, and is of course viewed as one of the most remarkable painters of all time, regardless of the era. In the 20th century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were emerged under the guidance of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was a major architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Paul Drissen

Born in 1973, Paul Drissen grew up during the 1990s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. 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, united 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 garnered 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 enterprising. The group was predominant in the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as important artists who worked to this idea.

Paul Drissen

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