Richard Hudson

1957 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Richard Hudson is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Richard Hudson was born in 1957. Born in the same country and around the same year are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Richard Hudson's Gallery representation

Richard Hudson's work is on display at Leila Heller Gallery | New York in the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated vast wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been significantly eclipsed 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 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. Important artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some notable 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 Richard Hudson

Richard Hudson was born in 1957 and was primarily inspired by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his status as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who held a strong interest in the European philosophy of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they aimed to create life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Richard Hudson

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