Spencer Shakespeare

1967 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Spencer Shakespeare is is an established, mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the Netherlands, like other celebrated artists such as Dolf Breetvelt, Jaap Van Heest, Marie Louise Elshout, Ien Lucas, and Peter Schuyff. Spencer Shakespeare was born in 1967.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Spencer Shakespeare's work is on display at Kersgallery located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Spencer Shakespeare most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Kersgallery in Amsterdam (11 October 2019 until 22 November 2019) with the exhibition Tree Sea Bird and Bee.

Historical Context of Netherlands

In the post-Impressionist era, the dutch Vincent Van Gogh is considered among one of the most significant innovators, and is of course viewed as one of the greatest painters of all time, regardless of the era. In the 20th century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were made under the aegis of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was an influential architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Spencer Shakespeare

Spencer Shakespeare was born in 1967, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were a turbulent period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread 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 environment. The 1980s were an important decade politically, 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 well-known 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 primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Spencer Shakespeare

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