Friday, October 2, 2009

3 Contemporary Artists

Name: Damien Hirst

(born 7 June 1965) is an English artist and the most prominent[2] member of the group known as "Young British Artists" (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s.[3] He is internationally renowned,[4] and is reputed to be the richest living artist to date.[5] During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.

Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine became the iconic work of British art in the 1990s,[6] and the symbol of Britartworldwide.[7] Its sale in 2004 made him the world's second most expensive living artist after Jasper Johns whom he surpassed in 2008.

In June 2007, Hirst overtook Jasper Johns when his Lullaby Spring sold for £9.65 million at Sotheby's in London.[8] On 30 August 2007, Hirst outdid his previous sale of Lullaby Spring with For the Love of God which sold for £50 million to an unknown investment group. [9] He is also known for "spin paintings," made on a spinning circular surface, and "spot paintings," which are rows of randomly-colored circles.

In September 2008, he took an unprecedented move for a living artist[10] by selling a complete show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, atSotheby's by auction and by-passing his long-standing galleries.[11] The auction exceeded all predictions, raising £111 million ($198 million), breaking the record for a one-artist auction[12] as well as Hirst's own record with £10.3 million for The Golden Calf, an animal with 18-carat gold horns and hooves, preserved in formaldehyde.[11]

Name: Tracey Emin

(born 3 July 1963) is an English artist of dual Turkish Cypriot and English heritage, one of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists).

In 1997, her work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, a tent appliquéd with names, was shown at Charles Saatchi's Sensationexhibition. The same year, she gained considerable media exposure, when she appeared drunk and swearing on a live Channel 4 TV discussion.

In 1999, she was a Turner Prize nominee and exhibited My Bed — an installation, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with usedcondoms and blood-stained underwear. There has been an ongoing dispute with former boyfriend, artist Billy Childish, particularly over theStuckism movement, founded in 1999 and named after an insult by her.

In 2004, her tent artwork was destroyed in the Momart warehouse fire. In March 2007, Emin was chosen to join the Royal Academy of Artsin London as a Royal Academician. She represented Britain at the 2007 Venice Biennale. Her first major retrospective 20 Years was held in Edinburgh 2008, and tours Europe until 2009.

Emin's art takes many different forms of expression including needlework and sculpture, drawing, video and installation, photography and painting.

Name: David Ardley

Born February 19th, 1951 in Berkeley California, David was raised and educated on the California coastline. From a young age David began his love affair with the ocean, becoming a surfer at age 13, and being dazzled by the beauty of the sea. As a teenager and young man his artistic talents emerged as he experimented with airbrushes and surrealist images.

In 1974 he emigrated to New Zealand where he built a beach-side home and started a family. Being surrounded by an inspiring pristine environment, moved David to continue his artistic passion. His work as a "realist" painter was evident, capturing the beauty and mood of his chosen subjects.

With years of experience and exhibitions behind him, David is focusing his art predominantly on the alluring subject of water - on hand polished pure aluminium. All of his works have a mesmerising meditative quality to them, that takes hold of the viewer - and draws them in.

His paintings hang in collections throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Britain, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Now calling the lovely Gold Coast of Australia home, David's art is a unique fusion of materials and influences. Each work of art is a joy for him to create and, most importantly, his ultimate desire is to give you visual pleasure, stimulate your mind, and inspire your soul.

From: Cheung Ying Ying

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