Terry O'Neill

1938 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Terry O'Neill is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Terry O'Neill was born in 1938. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lucien Freud, Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Andrews and Bridget Rilet.

Terry O'Neill's Gallery representation

Terry O'Neill is represented by Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an important hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued tremendous wealth through colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. In the contemporary era, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 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, 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 in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era 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 Terry O'Neill

Terry O'Neill was born in 1938 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism dominated in the 1950s as a chief method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists endeavoured to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the strictures of the Soviet bloc. Significant artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In subsequent revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been celebrated, amongst many other female creatives.

Terry O'Neill

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