Art has been a fascinating element in our lives. We have all learnt in school about artists from the Baroque or Renaissance era and so much more. Modern art is something that divides us in terms of taste and understanding. England has been a great art producer throughout the centuries and it doesn’t seem to stop. We have selected some of the most popular and best rated modern artists that all hail from England in order to better understand the general current of modern art.
Banksy is perhaps one of the most popular of the modern artists perhaps of all time. He entered the spotlight with his street art in 1990. He started painting and doing stencils in Bristol. In 2010 he was listed by Times magazine in top 100 most influential people on earth. His rating colleagues were Steve Jobs, Lady Gaga and Barack Obama. He is world recognized and prized for his satirical graffiti and artwork. He combined political or social slogans with bold, colourful images. Most common subjects of his artwork include rats, children, policemen, members of the royal family and apes. He is a very bold critic of mass consumption and capitalism and every artwork of his depicts hit hate for hypocrisy and consumerism.
Roid is another famous street artist renowned for his minimalist style. He likes experimenting with different painting and colour spraying techniques and he managed to gather a huge fan base throughout his career. He never paints the same thing twice and likes using bold colours. He is now arguably the most popular street artist in the UK. His artwork is beautiful, bold and colourful. His evolution can be observed from artwork to artwork and his skills are getting better with each painting.
The urban artist Word to Mother is one of the few that finished art school. He has amazing layering techniques and likes combining different textures and materials in his artwork. His designs are very sophisticated and intricate. His art focuses on social and environmental observations depicted in a very sensual and beautiful manner. He gives the viewer glimpses from his thoughts and feelings with each artwork.
Peter Doig is another prolific British artist. His paintings incorporate intricate aesthetic elements with splashes of colour. He likes to stay away from the limelight and spends most of his days in Trinidad where he can paint in silence. The diversity of his paintings illustrates his rich cultural background.
Glenn Brown is considered by many the direct descendant of Dali when it comes to the painting style. He developed his own technique that is based on the work of Dali, Auerbach and Fragonard. He is also one of the most expensive British artists alive thanks to his unique paintings.
David Hockney is considered the father of British pop art. He uses a very minimalistic style to depict the world around him. Him most renowned series is called California Dreaming. The painting included in this series show the American lifestyle in the 70’s with subtle ironic aesthetic elements.