Hurvin Anderson, Diego, 2013
Tonight Hurvin Anderson opened his third solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London. It runs from October 15th through November 16th. The exhibition at the gallery is in close conjunction with his first museum survey at IKON. The show at Ikon is entitled ‘Reporting Back’, it spans more than fifteen years of painting. The exhibition in London presents new works. The two shows create a dialogue that reveals shifts and the careful evolution of Hurvin’s style. “A British painter of Jamaican descent, Anderson has become known for his interiors and landscapes that bear the hallmarks of his origins. Makeshift barbershops, public parks, country clubs, botanical gardens and the swimming pools of his youth are evoked in paint as lingering memories. These “sites of leisure”, as he likes to call them, recur as motifs, sometimes in series, sometimes years apart, drifting like his imagination through states of ‘in-between-ness’, adopting the visual languages – and states of mind- of both England and the Caribbean. The art critic Jennifer Higgie writes in IKON exhibition catalogue: “In (Hurvin Anderson’s) work, histories and memories intertwine; an English landscape might echo a garden in the Caribbean, and vice versa.. the journeys that are hinted at here are solitary, introspective ones. Yet, even in the loneliest of landscapes, someone hovers in the wings; everywhere has, to some extent, been shaped by human intervention.” An opening reception is on October 14th from 6-8pm in both gallery spaces, 3 & 11 Duke Street, St. James’s, London.