Hurvin Anderson

United Kingdom 1965

Hurvin Anderson
Hurvin Anderson
United Kingdom
November 5, 2014

Hurvin Anderson is a British painter, born in 1965 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, to parents of Jamaican origin. His education, he got at Wimbledon School of Art, which he enrolled in 1991, and received a BA with Honors in painting, in 1994. His MA in painting he got at Royal College of Art, London, at which he studied from 1996 till 1998. His series of paintings titled Peter’s, that are depicting the interiors of barbers’ shops, in particular one, owned by Peter Brown, which Anderson was visiting often with his father when he was a child, are probably his most famous works. These works are inspired by his upbringing in Birmingham’s Afro-Caribbean community, in which the shop that is theme in Anderson’s paintings was a place for conversation as well as for cutting hair. It was a social retreat, vital for many male members of the local Caribbean community. About his use of color in these series could be noted that each of these paintings is rendered as a basic tricolor flag: earthy red carpet, blue walls, white ceiling. In his art can be seen that he depicts sites of leisure, where the mind is usually free to wander. Colin Perry in Frieze Magazine described the artist’s work as “a vision of an awkwardly accommodated immigrant culture”. Because he was raised in the rainy and gray English Midlands, he always had a vision of warmer, more colorful country. Paintings of the Caribbean he created show this kind of perception. His paintings engage with the traditions of landscape painting and the history of abstraction. It could be said that his art is somewhere between abstraction and figuration. Subjects of his paintings are developed from both of the Jamaican and British culture, and he prefers to create his works rather from photographs, than memory. Besides his tendencies to use warm and earthly colors for his paintings, he is very well able to depict darker, quieter feelings, with an almost monochrome palette. His Untitled (Black Street) in blacks, grays and blues, depicts a night scene with an almost palpable tension. With these, limited tones, he captures a series of senses, rather than a visual description of this place, showing the cool damp stillness and deadened quiet of early hour suburbia. Unlike in his Untitled (Welcome Series) where he uses warm colors and cool whites and greys to transform the familiar contours of a street front store into a deceptively illusory space.

For his work Anderson received, Alkazzi Travel Award, in 1996, in New York, John Crane Award, in 1997, also in New York, Caribbean Contemporary Arts Residency Programme, in Trinidad, in 2002, and a residency at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, in 2005.

His paintings have been exhibited in solo museum shows at Tate Britain, London, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, Michael Werner, New York, Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and others. His work is held in significant public collections, including the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Anderson is represented by Thomas Dane in London and Michael Werner in New York, and he has also been making prints at Durham Press since 2009.

He lives and works in London, United Kingdom.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2009Art Now: Hurvin AndersonTate Britain, London Solo
2009Hurvin Anderson: Peter's Series 2007-09Studio Museum, Harlem Solo
2008Hurvin AndersonAnthony Meier Fine Art, San Francisco Solo
2008Hurvin AndersonThomas Dane Gallery Solo
2006Hurvin AndersonArt Basel, Miami Solo
2006A View on the River CobreDulwich Picture Gallery, London Solo
2005New PaintingsThomas Dane, London Solo
2003The LimeDavid Risley Gallery, London Solo
2003Hurvin AndersonThomas Dane, London Solo
2007Very Abstract and Hyper FigurativeThomas Dane Gallery, London Group
2007Hurvin Anderson - Henriette GrahnertMead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre Group
2006Crivelli's NailChapter Gallery, Cardiff Group
2006Archipeinture, artists build architectureLe Plateau, Fonds regional d'art contemporain d'ile-de-France, Paris Group
2005Back to PaintC & M Arts, New York Group
2005EastInternationalNorwich Gallery, Norwich Group
2003When in RoomLewisham Art House London Group
2002CockafuckingdoodledoJeffery Charles Gallery, London Group
2000Telling TimesLeicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Group
1999Pictures of PicturesArnoldfini, Bristol, Norwich Gallery, Norwich Group
1998ForestThe Bull and Last, London Group
1996UntitledJohn Crane, New York Group
1995InheritanceIkon Touring, Birmingham Group