1978 · United Kingdom
Peter Matthews is a mid-career established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Peter Matthews was born in 1978. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1978 and of the same generation are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Peter Matthews' work is available for viewing at Beers London in the United Kingdom. Peter Matthews' work has most recently been exhibited at Beers London in the United Kingdom (18 January 2019 until 23 February 2019) with the exhibition THE END IS WHERE THEY START FROM. Peter Matthews' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Beers London in the United Kingdom (27 June 2018 - 25 August 2018) with the name Summer Salon and Beers London in the United Kingdom (17 November 2017 - 23 December 2017) with the name 75 Works on Paper .
Peter Matthews in private collections
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The UK has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary period, Britain had been largely 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 an important hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for example Vorticism, involving artists part of 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 Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews was born in 1978 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. 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 collective of artists, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most renowned 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 art became known 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 achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exerted a notable influence on younger artists.
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