Ross Birrell

1969 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Ross Birrell is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in the the Netherlands, like other famous artists such as Cris Agterberg, Rob Schrama, Marijn Van Kreij, Michaël De Kok, and Raymond Barion. Ross Birrell was born in 1969.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ross Birrell is represented and exhibited by Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ross Birrell's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition DOLORES | Missing Persons and other supernatural phenomena at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The exhibition was open from 12 May 2018 until 09 June 2018. Ross Birrell's only other exhibition is CRIOLLO, which took place at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (07 April 2018 - 09 June 2018).

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has been recognised as an artistic and cultural centre for centuries, for instance through the global influence of celebrated artists such as Jan van Eyck in the fifteenth century. In the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age saw the emergence of such illustrious artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the most significant forerunners of the post-Impressionist period and is still regarded as an extraordinary, outstanding painter that has influenced the art sphere regardless of any era or movement. Originally established as a magazine, De Stijl was a movement that established abstract art in the Netherlands, driven by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. De Stijl artists would adopt a visual language solely composed of geometrical shapes, and the movement also had a profound influence on modern architecture as well as design. Gerrit Rietveld was a powerful architect and designer who adopted the ideals and the essence of De Stijl in his work. Willem de Kooning was also a Dutch national, though he relocated to the United States in the earlier years of his life, and his work was predominantly influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement thriving in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Ross Birrell

Born in 1969, Ross Birrell grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the nineteen eighties was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, significant wealth differences, 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 began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

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