Born in 1965, in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Hurvin Anderson works in London. Anderson makes paintings and drawings which encompass landscape, portraiture and still life. For his Turner Prize exhibition Anderson presents two new paintings [Greensleeves 2017] and [Essentials 2017 2017] which bring together visual references to his childhood in Birmingham, a tree near his South London Studio, and places recently visited in Jamaica. He paints places that combine what he hopes to see, find and remember as well as ones he hopes will surprise him. By drawing places familiar to him, as well as those newly discovered, he reworks the image, and creates a unique sense of place.
The series of paintings of the interiors of Barber Shops which include ‘It it OK to be Black’ and ‘Flattop’ would sometimes feature the inhabitant of a barber’s chair, but will most often leave the figure out. Anderson has a strong relationship to historical and modern painting. He works in Anderson has previously stated that he paints to look, and that, “the more he sees the less he knows”. Painting, for the artist, is a mixture of memory and discovery, and a constant shift between abstraction and representation. There is a quality to much of Anderson’s work that heightens a relationship to the image, and creates a sense of reverie. For Anderson it also carries an inevitable fear of the end of the process and subsequent interpretation. As with all painting, the act of creation is a constant struggle between acceptance and questioning.
26 Sep 2017 – 7 Jan 2018 (Free)
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
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