Lot 238 - Paul Hodgson - Portrait of E.2
Pencil, Acrylic and Ink on Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
Paul Hodgson creates hybrid works that incorporate photography, digital print and paint, and that defy neat categorization. His work is indebted to the history of Western painting, and certain of his earlier works reference the colours, lighting, and figurative poses of iconic art historical works, but they are manipulated and restructured to bring to the fore a contemporary reading of the image. Subsequent works have seen Hodgson concentrate on historical epochs of expansion and transition, using the conventions of portraiture and figure painting to construct large-scale tableaux vivant - alongside intimate studio portraits - to explore moments of great change, but also of ambiguous merit.
In recent works, he has chosen to use a relatively confined space in which to construct each scene. Working with a set of simple objects, his focus has been the placement and positioning of objects and figures in space (and in front of a camera) as a means to explore notions of gesture and intentionality within the process of image making. These works operate in an area between painting and photography, both in terms of the language that they employ and the process through which they have been made.
Paul Hodgson was born in Shrewsbury in 1972 and lives and works in London.
1998 – 2000 M.A. Printmaking. Royal College of Art, London
1991 – 1995 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art. Newcastle University
1990 – 1991 Foundation Art and Design. Shrewsbury College of Art & Technology
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2016 Discerning Eye, the Mall Galleries, London. Invited by Michael Glover
2014 Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
2013 Image Search: Photography from the Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami
2011 Unbounded, Proje4L, Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 Paul Hodgson: Art in the Entrance Hall, Cambridge University Library
2008 Rise + Fall, RISE Berlin, Berlin
2007 Sovereign Rights, Marlborough Fine Art, London
2010 Director’s Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Over the past twenty years I have been represented by Marlborough Fine Art, London, Feigen Contemporary, New York, and Houldsworth, London. I am currently working with an independent dealer in London.
About the Postcards
I often make works on paper as a way to reconsider motifs that have featured in larger painted and printed works, and to introduce new elements to my art practice. I like the immediacy and fluidity that working on paper can offer – the unexpected results that can occur when you use various media together, or the simplicity of limiting yourself to a few simple materials. These two portraits were made partly from observation and partly from photographs. They might appear as stages in a process – from concise and pared down, to layered and complex. They are indicative of the ‘push and pull’ that often happens when I’m making images in the studio.