Seth Pick

1985 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Seth Pick is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United Kingdom, like other artists such as Leo Robinson, Sam Messenger, Athanasios Argianas, Wilde, Gerald, and Chris Ofili. Seth Pick was born in 1985.

Seth Pick in private collections

Tony Mangle on Artland includes Seth Pick's works, as well as other works produced by prominent figures of the Art world, such as Sissi Farassat, Farhad Farzali, and Qafar Rzayev.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern period, Britain had been largely eclipsed 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 hub 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 become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant 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 Seth Pick

Seth Pick was born in 1985 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s growing up. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a key idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this agenda.

Seth Pick

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