Durham Press is pleased to announce the completion of a new portfolio of prints by British artist Hurvin Anderson. Titled Mirror: Don’t Look Back and comprised of ten works measuring 35 7/8 x 28 1/2 inches, the portfolio combines intaglio and relief collograph, screenprint, and gold and silver leaf. It is published in an edition of nine.
In Mirror: Don’t Look Back, Anderson presents ten different adaptations of a single composition: a circle hanging slightly below center on a gray flower-patterned background. This collographic floral motif appears in each print, varying in shade and in the weight of the lines. The imagery within the circle changes more drastically throughout the portfolio. In one print, the “mirror” seems to clarify its surroundings; the circle features a sharper, more intelligible floral pattern. In another, the mirror has a transformational effect, with the luminosity of gold leaf contrasting with the relatively dull backdrop. Still others obscure the pattern encircling them, appearing as hazy orbs that Anderson has imbued with an almost otherworldly mystique.
Through repetition and subtle variation, the portfolio continues to develop themes common to Anderson’s work, such as the intersections of place and memory and familiarity and estrangement. Similar to his suite of paintings Peter’s Series—which was the subject of critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Tate Britain, London, and the Studio Museum Harlem, New York—the images in Mirror: Don’t Look Back fluctuate between abstraction and representation. Anderson employs a seemingly reticent geometric composition and largely unsentimental color scheme, but the title and the wallpaper-like backgrounds invoke connections to personal, intimate moments and to the home. The slight differences between the images further their elusive quality. It is unclear if the portfolio depicts ten mirrors that are alike, or if there is only one mirror that has been illuminated, obscured, and tarnished through the workings of time and memory.
Hurvin Anderson was born in 1965 in Birmingham, UK. He studied painting at the Wimbledon College of Art and received his Masters from the Royal College of Art in 1998. Anderson’s paintings have been exhibited in several solo shows, including “Art Now,” Tate Britain, London, 2009; “Peter’s Series,” Studio Museum Harlem, New York, 2009; “Subtitles,” Michael Werner, New York, 2011; “reporting back,” Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, 2013; “New Works,” Thomas Dane Gallery, London, 2013; and “Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop,” Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, 2015. Anderson has received many awards, including a residency at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, a research fellowship at Cheltenham and Gloucester College, and the Caribbean Contemporary Arts Residency Programme, Trinidad. His work is in significant collections, such as the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He lives and works in London.