Susan Atkinson

1956

Artist biography

Susan Atkinson is an established contemporary artist, Susan Atkinson was born in 1956. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Irina Mikhailovna Akimova, Paulette Phillips, Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Eric Green, and Barend de Wet.

Further Biographical Context for Susan Atkinson

Susan Atkinson was born in 1956 and was primarily influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to grow and reinforce itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts 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 journey of Process art materialized 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 decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for example, secured his reputation as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who held a strong interest in the European philosophy of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to create life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Susan Atkinson

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