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Peter's Sitters 3
Hurvin Anderson
Peter's Sitters 3

2009

Oil on canvas

187 x 147 cm
Hurvin Anderson’s paintings flirt between abstraction and figuration, their tranquil scenes merging unstable ideas of memory, conjoined histories, and cross-culturalism. Peter’s Sitter’s 3 imagines a home barbershop, a cottage industry taken up by many newly arrived Caribbean immigrants in the 1950s. Rendered in a reduced palette of blue, white, and red, the scene conveys the experience of freshly acquired British identity, its aspirations and hard realities. The brilliant tones and translucent veneers of the floor and ceiling hark to the open expanse of tropical seaside, while the opaque geometric walls and modest furnishings create a rigidly grounded environment, conveying a sense of disorientation and displacement.
Afrosheen
Hurvin Anderson
Afrosheen

2009

Oil on canvas

250 x 208 cm
In Anderson’s Afrosheen a barbershop dissembles into a weight-defying field of shapes, textures, and colours, its homey clutter, so intimately familiar, is made surreal and dream-like. Executed in large scale, Anderson’s canvas retains an innocent domestic charm while asserting a commanding and sophisticated engagement with abstraction. Bold red and blue blocks defy spatial perspective, taking centre stage against muted tones layered in gossamer stripes, slate-like squares, and sensitive fluid brushwork. Set under an expanse of airy sky, the scene’s construction belies nostalgic illusion as dabbed clippings and papers appear impossibly suspended over the disappearing floor.
Untitled (Black Street)
Hurvin Anderson
Untitled (Black Street)

2000

Oil on canvas

150 x 239 cm
Executed in swarthy blacks, greys and blues, Anderson’s Untitled (Black Street) depicts a night scene with an almost palpable tension. Beneath the vast velvety sky, the minutiae of the street are mapped out with suggestive ambience, as brickwork is chiselled in metered squares, trees loom in tangled gestures, plate glass windows span with opaque sheen, all reflected in the oil-slick brushwork of wet asphalt. Through these limited tones, Anderson captures this place as a series of senses rather than a visual description, his monochromatic scene conveying the cool damp stillness and deadened quiet of early hour suburbia.
Untitled (Welcome Series)
Hurvin Anderson
Untitled (Welcome Series)

2004

Oil on canvas

165.1 x 256.5 cm
Transforming the familiar contours of a street front store into a deceptively illusory space, Anderson’s Untitled (Welcome Series) both challenges perspective and bars its indulgence. Drafted from a rustic palette of warm earthy hues and cool whites and greys, the walls, ceiling, and cabinets advance and recede in a disorientating labyrinth; their shifting planes expressionistically rendered as fields of layered texture, become insolvent grounds for graffiti-like sketches and texts, loosely suggesting posters and furnishings. The foreground, cut through with the bright orange star patterns of a security grill, affirms the flatness of the picture plane while situating the viewer firmly on the outside of this scene, a self-conscious voyeur or intruder.
Untitled
Hurvin Anderson
Untitled

2009

Woodblock and woodcut print

Image size: 71 x 55.8 cm, Paper size: 83.8 x 66 cm
Untitled (Beach Scene)
Hurvin Anderson
Untitled (Beach Scene)

2003

Oil on canvas

160 x 259 cm
In his work Anderson draws from his heritage as second generation Jamaican-British; the subjects of his paintings are developed from both of these cultures, overlapping his parents’ generation’s experiences with his own. This sense of something familiar yet detached is conveyed through his canvases in their dislocated sense of place and hazy interpretation of detail. Anderson works from photographs rather than actual memory, a process which further enhances his aesthetic of distance. Untitled (Beach Scene) pictures an exotic paradise as melting and degraded, a shadowy and sorrowful landscape where the only concrete certainty is the brilliant blue shape of the horizon.






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Hurvin Anderson's BIOGRAPHY

Hurvin Anderson
Born in 1965, Birmingham, UK
Lives and works in London



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2009
Art Now: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Britain, London
Hurvin Anderson: Peter's Series 2007-09 Studio Museum, Harlem

2008
Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco
Thomas Dane Gallery

2006
Art Basel, Miami
A View on the River Cobre,
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

2005
New Paintings,
Thomas Dane, London

2003
The Lime,
David Risley Gallery, London
Thomas Dane, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2007
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative,
Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Hurvin Anderson / Henriette Grahnert,
Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre

2006
Crivelli's Nail,
Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
Archipeinture, artists build architecture,
Le Plateau, Fonds regional d'art contemporain d'ile-de-France, Paris
Camden Arts Centre, London

2005
Back to Paint,
C & M Arts, New York
EastInternational,
Norwich Gallery, Norwich
Residency at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

2003
When in Room,
Lewisham Art House London

2002
Caribbean Contemporary Arts Residency Programme, Trinidad
Cockafuckingdoodledo,
Jeffery Charles Gallery, London

1990 - 2000
Cheltenham Fine Art Research Fellow (Painting)
Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
Awards
Telling Times,
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester

1999
Pictures of Pictures,
Arnoldfini, Bristol/Norwich Gallery, Norwich

1998
Forest, The Bull and Last, London

1997
Alkazzi Travel Award, New York

1996
John Crane, New York

1994 - 1995
Inheritance,
Ikon Touring, Birmingham
Fellowships

1994
William Booker Travel Scholarship, Philadelphia