Tuomas A. Laitinen

1976 · Finland

Artist biography

Tuomas A. Laitinen is a mid-career established artist, who was born and brought up in Finland, like other well-known artists such as Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Anni Leppälä, Pekka Jylhä , Heikki Marila, and Jaakko Kahilaniemi. Tuomas A. Laitinen was born in 1976.

Tuomas A. Laitinen's Gallery representation

Tuomas A. Laitinen is represented and exhibited by Helsinki Contemporary in Finland.

Further Biographical Context for Tuomas A. Laitinen

Born in 1976, Tuomas A. Laitinen's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the beginning of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse collective of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most successful artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their art became noted for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved considerable amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the decade. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'. A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and highly sensitive advancements of conceptualism as shown in the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Tuomas A. Laitinen

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