The British Council introduces Paula Rego as follows:
Paula Rego was born in Lisbon and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She had her first exhibition at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes in Lisbon. Following her marriage to the painter Victor Willing, Rego returned to Portugal to live in Ericeira. The storybooks and atmosphere of her Portuguese upbringing were an important source of inspiration throughout her career as an artist. Of particular importance has been her insistence that her paintings must be built on a ‘story’ – not the illustration of a narrative, but emerging directly from a psychological situation producing a realisation of personal significance. While she consistently used animals as surrogate humans on satirical, sometimes cartoon-like, compositions, the direction of her works from the late 1980s had been towards a greater realism that allowed more directness in bringing private insights into the public realm.
The David Zwirner gallery introduces Chris Ofily as follows:
The Guggenheim introduces artists (and identical twin sisters) Jane and Louise Wilson as follows:
Twins Jane and Louise Wilson were born in 1967 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. From 1986 to 1989, Jane studied art at Newcastle Polytechnic and Louise studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. For their concurrent BA degree shows, they showed identical bodies of work, and from that point on they have continued to collaborate on photographs and videos. They both attended Goldsmiths College in London, receiving MA degrees in 1992.
The British Council introduces Grayson Perry as follows:
Grayson Perry was born in Chelmsford, England in 1960. He studied at Braintree College of Further Education and later at Portsmouth Polytechnic. In 2003, he won the Turner Prize and in 2013 was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
The Royal Academy of Arts introduces land artist Richard Long (born in Bristol in 1945) as follows:
Richard Long studied at the West of England College of Art from 1962 to 1965 and at St. Martin’s School of Art, London from 1966 to 1967. Long wanted to make nature the subject of his work, but in new ways. His first walk-based work was a straight line in a field (1967). Subsequent walks took Long across Dartmoor and Exmoor and enabled him to explore the relationships between time, distance, geography and measurement. These walks were recorded in maps, photographs and text works. Throughout his career Long has explored sculpture as a medium concerned with place as well as material and form.
Larry Achiampong introduces himself on his website as follows:
Larry Achiampong’s solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity – in particular, dichotomies found within a world dominated by social media and digital frameworks.