About Ted Stourton's works
Ted Stourton is best known for working in the fields of Abstraction and Expressionism. Abstract art does not try to represent a faithful depiction of a visual reality, or of nature itself, but instead, with the use of colours, gestural elements and shapes tries to achieve its effect. The term can be applied to art that is primarily based on an object, or figure, where the main features have been simplified. Abstraction has been highly influential in modern art since the 1900s, with its origins grounded in Impressionism. One of the first, most influential movements related to abstraction is Cubism, with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, who through their work laid the foundations for a significant number of branches of abstract art.
Expressionism can often be considered rather as an international tendency than a coherent art movement, which was predominantly influential at the beginning of the 20th century. It spanned across various fields such as art, literature, music, theatre and architecture. Expressionist artists wanted to express emotional experience, rather than physical reality. World renowned Expressionist paintings include Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter, and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up. Expressionism is an intricate and vast term that has meant different things at different times. However, when we speak of Expressionist art, we tend to consider the artistic tendency which followed as a reaction to Impressionism in France, or the movement which emerged in Germany and Austria in the early 20th century. The term is so flexible that it can accommodate artists going from Vincent van Gogh to Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.
Ted Stourton in private collections
Historical Context of United Kingdom
The UK has been a crucial hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the modern era, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the reputation of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major 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 characterize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some significant 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.