Susn Derges

1955 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Susn Derges is seen as an established artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Susn Derges was born in 1955. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Lubaina Himid, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah.

Susn Derges' Gallery representation

Susn Derges is represented by Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been significantly overshadowed 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 an important focal point 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, associations and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with 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 Susn Derges

Susn Derges was born in 1955 and was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a wish to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged 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 initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting 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, 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 greatly influential and popular throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his status as a legendary artist, by bifurcating into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing 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 showed 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 aimed to give life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Susn Derges

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