Hurvin Anderson Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Hurvin Anderson
Peter's Sitters 3


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.

Hurvin Anderson


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.

Hurvin Anderson
Untitled (Black Street)


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.
Hurvin Anderson
Untitled (Welcome Series)


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.
Hurvin Anderson


Woodblock and woodcut print

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


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

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. 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    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    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    Systems House    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


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

Anthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco
Thomas Dane Gallery

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

New Paintings,
Thomas Dane, London

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


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

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

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

When in Room,
Lewisham Art House London

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

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

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

Forest, The Bull and Last, London

Alkazzi Travel Award, New York

John Crane, New York

1994 - 1995
Ikon Touring, Birmingham

William Booker Travel Scholarship, Philadelphia