Hurvin Anderson was born in 1965 in Birmingham, where his parents settled after emigrating from Jamaica. The origin of Anderson's work often stems from his experience growing up within Birmingham's African-Caribbean community and his time spent living in Trinidad as an artist-in-residence. Distilled from memory, his work investigates notions of identity, space and community, exploring the complexities of cultural influences and social histories. The composition of Anderson’s subject matter also exists like a fleeting moment, visually characterised by a sense of temporality often depicted in his paintings. Working across a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing though predominately painting, Anderson’s work is steeped in lush, vivid colours of the Caribbean, contrasted with urban, English landscapes. It is this ambivalent relationship that most effectively disrupts binaries of place, revealing how Anderson negotiates these cultural influences by reimagining his surroundings.
MA Royal College of Art, London, England, 1998
BA Hons Wimbledon School of Art, London, England, 1994
Birmingham Polytechnic, Birmingham, England, 1991
Selected solo exhibitions include: Hurvin Anderson, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago IL (2020), The Have a Mind of Their Own, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019); Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, England (2016); Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis MI (2015); Hurvin Anderson: New Works, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England (2013); Hurvin Anderson: reporting back, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (2013); Peter’s Series 2007-09, Studio Museum, Harlem, New York NY (2009); Art Now: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Modern, London, England (2009). In 2017, Hurvin Anderson was nominated for the Turner Prize.
Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Michael Werner Gallery, New York
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