Racheal Crowther

1991 · Ireland

Artist biography

Racheal Crowther is a young emerging artist, who was born in Ireland, like other prominent artists such as Duncan Campbell, Mark Francis, Evie Hone, Isabel Nolan, and Sinead Breslin. Racheal Crowther was born in 1991.

About Racheal Crowther's works

Racheal Crowther is a key figure within the fields of Street art, Figuration, Design, Pop, Expressionism, Conceptual and Abstraction. Graffiti artists, who displayed their works in galleries or other institutions throughout the 1970s and 1980s, are often thought to be the forerunners of the movement known as street art. This includes key figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, who ascertained that their work could simultaneously subsist in art galleries and on city walls. Street art has a history of illicit activity, and often a strong interest in political action, which tainted its reputation in the art world, but artists like Fairey and Banksy have continued to explore the multitude of opportunities inherent to street art, and contributed to grounding it as a genuine and significant form of art.

In essence, figurative art is art which depicts familiar aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather humble, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the various styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever evolving category, in which Racheal Crowther's work is mainly grounded. Some critically acclaimed artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Often used in the context of the decorative arts in the early 20th century, the term “design” would usually refer allusion to unique, aesthetically pleasing objects. With the rise of consumerism and mass production in modern society, the core essence of design encountered an alteration in its identity, with a significant increase in demand. The primary categories of design involve areas such as industrial design, graphic design or fashion design.

Pop art emerged in the 1950s simultaneously across America and Britain, and reached its peak in the 1960s, in a climate of increased consumerism and cultural revolution. Young artists felt like they couldn’t get in touch with the current state of art as it was taught or exhibited in museums, which they deemed too distant from their everyday lives. This led them to turn to popular culture as their main subject matter, outraging modernist critics. Amidst a few of the characteristics enumerated by pop artist Richard Hamilton, Pop Art should aim to be young, glamorous, sexy, witty, low-cost and mass produced. While in the United States pop artists were essentially trying to move away from the deeply personal symbolism of abstract expressionism, in Britain the movement was more focused on the power of American pop-culture imagery, and its influence on the nation.

Racheal Crowther

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