Richard Learoyd

1966 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Richard Learoyd is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Richard Learoyd was born in 1966. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Richard Learoyd's work. These are PACE | New York and Pace/MacGill Gallery in the United States. Richard Learoyd's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Curious at Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York, the United States. The exhibition was open from 01 April 2019 until 27 June 2019. Richard Learoyd's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Curious (02 April 2019 - 03 May 2019) at PACE | New York in the United States and WORK FROM TWO ROOMS (25 October 2018 - 22 December 2018) at Fraenkel Gallery in the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been to a great extent overshadowed by the importance of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy 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 Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd was born in 1966 and was largely inspired by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of quickly growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. influential art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain recognition, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Richard Learoyd