Paul Winstanley

1954 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Paul Winstanley is an established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Paul Winstanley was born in 1954. Born in the same country and around the same year are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Paul Winstanley is represented by Cristea Roberts Gallery in London, the United Kingdom. Paul Winstanley's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Altered States at Galerie Vera Munro in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition was open from 05 November 2019 until 22 March 2020.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth from 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 significantly eclipsed by the influence 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 hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way 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, involving artists associated with 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 Paul Winstanley

Paul Winstanley was born in 1954 was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. International movements gained importance included feminism, which translated strongly into the visual culture, and photorealism which had begun in the 1960s and enjoyed momentous commercial and critical success. For the first time painters and sculptors from Latin America were embraced by the leading critical and institutional levers in New York.

Paul Winstanley

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