Stephen Sutcliffe

1968 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Stephen Sutcliffe is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Stephen Sutcliffe was born in 1968. Born in the same country and around the same year are Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.

Stephen Sutcliffe's Gallery representation

Stephen Sutcliffe is represented and exhibited by Rob Tufnell located in Cologne, Germany.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been significantly eclipsed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late 19th century, Britain became a significant hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge 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. Important artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary period 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 Stephen Sutcliffe

Stephen Sutcliffe was born in 1968 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and distinctive music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a heavy impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time leading art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were leading artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained an influential reputation.

Stephen Sutcliffe

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