Rachel Garrard

1984 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Rachel Garrard is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the United Kingdom, like other celebrated artists such as Richard Smith, Carl Fudge, Michael Bastow, Joseph McGlennon, and Mike Nelson. Rachel Garrard was born in 1984.

Rachel Garrard's exhibition

Rachel Garrard most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Kristin Hjellegjerde London | Wandsworth in the United Kingdom with the exhibition BODY. The exhibition was open from 17 November 2017 until 21 December 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued considerable wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary era, Britain had been largely 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 cutting-edge movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, groups 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, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Rachel Garrard

Rachel Garrard was born in 1984 and was primarily influenced 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 practitioners, 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 artists 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 famed 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'. Also gaining prominence at this time was a developing trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami was to form an influential group called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Rachel Garrard

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