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British, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1963, in England.

Book artist, printmaker, graphic designer, installation artist, art director, writer, educator. Community art, environmental art.

After a Foundation course at Lanchester Polytechnic, Lanchester (1981–1982), Les Bicknell studied graphic design at the London College of Printing (...

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British, 20th century, female.

Born 1974, in Crawley, England.

Book artist, printmaker, graphic arts, public art.

Lucy Harrison received her BFA in graphic arts from the Kent Institute of Art & Design in 1997. She began producing artists’ books and multiples while studying printmaking at the Royal College (...

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 13 March 1930, in Wendorf (Mecklenburg), Germany.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, illustrator.

Op Art, Kinetic Art, Land Art.

Zero Group.

Günther Uecker studied at the academy in Weissensee, Berlin, then from 1953 at the academy in Düsseldorf. In 1962, he co-founded the Zero Group, which advocated a new approach to painting in Germany, with Heinz Mack and Otto Piene. He lived and worked in Düsseldorf, winning the North-Rhine Westphalian Art Prize and the Biennale des Jeunes prize in Paris.

Nails – as kinds of trees or bristling totems – feature as a prime material in virtually all of Uecker’s works from 1957 onwards. In the vein of Op Art, they appear untreated or painted a uniform white, in various alignments such as staggered rows and spirals, their appearance differing in accordance with the spectator’s position. The optical effects of the alignments changed in response to calculated lighting effects and the motor-driven rotatary or sideways movements of the whole work....