Stefana Mcclure

1959 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Stefana Mcclure is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Stefana Mcclure was born in 1959. Born in the same country and around the same year are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Stefana Mcclure's work is available for viewing at Bartha Contemporary in London, the United Kingdom. Stefana Mcclure's work has most recently been exhibited at Bartha Contemporary in London (04 December 2019 until 04 January 2020) with the exhibition Joie de vivre. Stefana Mcclure's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; The Sleeper (29 January 2020 - 28 February 2020) at Bartha Contemporary in London and CURRENTS: An Overwhelming Response (09 January 2020 - 08 February 2020) at A.I.R. Gallery in New York.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Through colonisation and the resulting ascent 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 rather significant degree eclipsed by their respective impact on the art of the modern world. 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 major 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 noteworthy movement, fundamentally characteristic of British modernism, it involved artists known for their affiliation to the Bloomsbury group. A few critically significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Stefana Mcclure

Stefana Mcclure was born in 1959 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly captivate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and in urban settings. Following, the global reach of street art would become extremely significant, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Stefana Mcclure

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