Phil Collins

1970 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Phil Collins is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Phil Collins was born in 1970. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Chris Ofili, Sam Taylor-Johnson (Taylor-Wood), Chantal Joffe, Tacita Dean and David Shrigley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Phil Collins is represented by two galleries, which are Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz in Spain and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery | New York in the United States. Phil Collins most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery | New York in the United States with the exhibition Songs in the Dark. The exhibition was open from 10 January 2020 until 19 February 2020.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it gained vast wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern era, Britain had been largely overshadowed by the reputation of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became an important 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, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of 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 Phil Collins

Born in 1970, Phil Collins was largely influenced by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a diverse group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Phil Collins

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