Hurvin Anderson

Biography

Born in Birmingham and currently working in London, Hurvin Anderson has commanded solo exhibitions at Tate Britain in London, Art Basel in Miami, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, and group exhibitions at galleries across the UK and the US. His artwork confronts cross-culturalism and unstable ideas of identity and memory on a landscape that walks the line between abstraction and figuration.
Anderson was born to Jamaican parents in the United Kingdom in the 1960's. His artwork reimagines the social history of Jamaican immigrants in the UK through the spaces that became the repository of the Jamaican immigrant's collective identity in the 1950's and 1960's. One such place was a barbershop, a nexus of economic enterprise and social gatherings. In Anderson's artwork, the barbershop is a space intertwined with political, economic, and social history. He paints and repaints these spaces as living portraits through photographs and his own memory and imagination. In later interpretations, Anderson focuses on an anonymous figure in the barber's chair, confronting the functionality of the space and the voyeuristic glimpse of a private moment.

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