Conceptual Artists

Discover conceptual artists. The conceptual approach has been prominent and hugely influential over the recent history of contemporary art. The Young British Artists fuelled the resurgence of conceptual art, with figures such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin working to take the conceptual drive approach one step further.…

Installation artist, Rebecca Mason uses neon lighting and typography to explore the darker and complex nuances of human emotion. Typical of a conceptual artist, Rebecca’s approach has a humorous tone, which she uses to probe at themes of love, culture and society.

Similarly, Gina Parr’s abstract paintings and photography explore the human condition, as well as themes of time, memory and place. Gina’s paintings are large in scale and atmospheric in tone. Her conceptual approach evokes a reaction from the viewer, and by merging elements of the real with that of the abstract, she encourages a personal interpretation to her art. Her refined use of colour and textured brushwork has earned her exhibitions throughout the UK and Europe and her art in collections across the world.

A Brief History of Conceptual Art

Conceptual art emerged as an amalgamation of so many avant-garde art movements throughout the 20th century. The developments of Cubism, Dadaism, Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism all met to form the umbrella term, conceptual art.

Marcel DuChamp is often referred to as the leading figure in conceptual art. Towards the beginning of the 20th century, DuChamp began using the found object to take the art world by storm. With the developments of the century, conceptual art pushed on, developing with the ever-changing attitude of western society. By the 1960’s, in line with the growing social and political tensions, conceptual artists arose in reaction to modern day life. By the 70s, the likes of Joseph Kosuth , Michael Craig-Martin and Robert Rauschenburg marked a huge jump in the evolution of modern art. Fuelled by questions of authorship, originality and manufacturing, conceptual artists worked to constantly provoke and dismantle the conventions of art.

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    Mark Beattie

    United Kingdom
    B. 1987

    Nigel Bird

    France
    B. 1956

    Noah Borger

    France
    B. 1970

    Piers Bourke

    United Kingdom
    B. 1978

    Erik Brede

    Norway
    B. 1971