Simon Roberts

1974 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Simon Roberts is seen as an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Simon Roberts was born in 1974. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Simon Roberts is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries like the United States, Italy, and Germany. Some of those galleries are mc2gallery and Galleria Ramo in Italy, and Flowers | New York in the United States. Simon Roberts most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Flowers | Kingsland Road in London (14 March 2019 until 13 April 2019) with the exhibition The Brexit Lexicon, Format Festival. Simon Roberts' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Il Nostalgico e Il Nuovo (14 October 2017 - 21 October 2017) at Galleria Ramo in Italy and Homeland (15 November 2018 - 12 January 2019) at Flowers | New York in the United States. Simon Roberts' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Il Nostalgico e Il Nuovo and took place at Galleria Ramo in Como, Italy from the 14 October 2017 to 21 October 2017.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the consequent rise of its Empire, the United Kingdom reached the status of a giant, although the prosperity and economic power did not shelter it from the obvious cultural supremacy of other continents and countries. With the United States on one side and its European neighbours on the other, Britain had been to a somewhat significant extent outshined by their respective impact on the art of the modern period. But it is towards the end of the nineteenth century that it truly became an essential and crucial agent in the development of the avant-garde, through radical and progressive trends such at the Arts and Crafts Movement, which would become essential to the further development of bohemian artists movements or other artist-led organisation of the twentieth century. Vorticism is a significant movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists renowned for their association to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically remarkable British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego among others – as well as the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and Chris Ofili, in more recent years.

Further Biographical Context for Simon Roberts

Born in 1974, Simon Roberts was primarily influenced by the 1990s growing up. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of practitioners, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became known for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They gained a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exerted a strong influence on less established artists.

Simon Roberts

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