1984 · South Africa
Shaun Ellison is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born and brought up in South Africa, like other well-known artists such as Jan Neethling, Lucinda Mudge, Mandla Reuter, Broomberg & Chanarin (Adam Broomberg), and Katharine Cooper. Shaun Ellison was born in 1984.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Shaun Ellison is represented and exhibited by Anna Zorina Gallery in New York, the United States. Shaun Ellison's work has most recently been exhibited at Kersgallery in Amsterdam (21 November 2019 until 10 January 2020) with the exhibition Art goes market!.
Further Biographical Context for Shaun Ellison
Born in 1984, Shaun Ellison was largely inspired by the 1990s. 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 diverse collective of practitioners. Many 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 famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was defiant yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as presented in the work of artists including Felix Gonzalez-Torres.