Piers Secunda

1976 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Piers Secunda is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Piers Secunda was born in 1976. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Piers Secunda's Gallery representation

Piers Secunda is represented and exhibited by 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel located in New York, the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the status 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 setting the tone for artist-led organisations, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to 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 Piers Secunda

Piers Secunda was born in 1976 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1990s. 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 creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, alongside being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as evidenced by the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Piers Secunda

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