Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965) creates vibrant paintings that draw on the genres of still life, landscape and portraiture to explore the way community and identity can be represented. Born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Anderson’s practice touches upon his Jamaican heritage as well as referencing wider art history to create a unique sense of place and identity. The artist references the creativity and visibility of Blackness within contemporary society, paying homage to his cultural and political forebears while also contributing to discussions about the legacy of painting.
Recent solo exhibitions include They Have a Mind of Their Own, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Foreign Body, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA (2016); Backdrop, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (2016); Dub Versions, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK (2016), with forthcoming show in 2021, Hurvin Anderson: Anywhere but Nowhere, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago IL.
Anderson has generously taken part in the fourth edition of School Prints, creating a limited edition print that will be donated to local schools and sold exclusively from The Hepworth Wakefield shop to fund the engagement work with schools. Of the project he said:
“Art is a vital part of children’s education, not just in inspiring the next generation of artists but creativity in general. It is also an area of education which has been continually overlooked and devalued by successive governments. It was therefore important to me to support The Hepworth Wakefield School Prints project in which there is an attempt to redress the balance. In particular, in this tumultuous year, drawing attention to the Black Lives Matter movement through creating a visual representation of everyday black experiences has never felt more relevant. I was honoured to be invited.”
Related exhibitions & events
Hurvin Anderson Curates
26 May – 5 November 2023
Hurvin Anderson: Salon Paintings
26 May – 5 November 2023
‘The opportunity to see the evolution of Anderson’s exploration of the barbershop setting in one space is exceptional.’ ★★★★★ The Guardian.
This large solo exhibition will focus on the Barbershop series as a lens through which to understand Hurvin Anderson’s wider practice and key concerns of memory, identity and nationhood.
Family Workshop: Paint Studio
Sun 24, Tue 26, Wed 27, Thur 28, Sun 31 Mar, Sun 12 May drop-in 11am-4pm (closed for lunch 1-1.30pm). FREE with an exhibition ticket