Self Portrait with Teacup
Omer Koç Collection
Photo: John McKenzie
Alison Watt in her Edinburgh studio, May 2018
Photo: John McKenzie
Published by Parafin, London
Essay by Laura Smith
Design by Matt Watkins
2018. 68 pp., 36 ills., 28 × 22 cm
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Hugo Wilson’s work explores issues of faith and belief and the associated structures of power. Wilson’s interests are wide-ranging and encompass science, religion and culture, systems of classification, history and memory. Addressing such diverse subjects, Wilson’s work enacts an investigative process in which the outcome is by no means certain. The work forms a series of open–ended questions and correspondingly provisional answers.
Wilson works across a range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. His classical training is evident in his extraordinary technical facility as well as in his reverence for the masters of the Western artistic canon. His work suggests both a devotion to and subversion of this tradition.
Wilson’s interest in mutability and instability is manifested in recent paintings and sculptures that take elements from European old master paintings and classical sculpture, and subject them to a process of transformation. In the finished works reconfigured elements from the originals hover at the edge of legibility whilst new possibilities for meaning emerge.
Hugo Wilson (born 1982) works across a range of media including painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Judin, Berlin (2020, 2017), Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2018, 2012), Project B, Milan (2018, 2014) and Parafin London (2016, 2015). Important recent group exhibitions include ‘Inspiration - Iconic Works’, at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (2019) and Ateneum, Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki (2020), ‘Beyond The Vessel’, Mesher, Istanbul 2019), ‘Dialogues: New Painting from London’, GASK, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic (2017), ‘Play Things’, New York Public Library (2013) and ‘Nightfall: New Tendencies in Figurative Painting’, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art, Debrecen, Hungary (2012). Wilson’s work is in private and public collections internationally, including the New York Public Library, Kistefos Museum, Oslo, Deutsche Bank Collection and the Fondazione Memmo in Rome.
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