1977 · United Kingdom
Sam Windett is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Sam Windett was born in 1977. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.
Sam Windett's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Remodel at The Approach in London, the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 27 March 2019 until 04 May 2019. Sam Windett's work has also been exhibited during the CONDO: The Approach exhibition at Marinaro in New York, the United States (29 June 2018 - 03 August 2018).
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The UK has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. In the contemporary period, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became an important centre 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, guilds 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 in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of 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 Sam Windett
Born in 1977, Sam Windett grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural culture. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.