Cheryl Sim on the work of Hurvin Anderson
Hurvin Anderson was born in the UK of Jamaican heritage and grew up in the city of Birmingham, which also has a vibrant Caribbean community. His work deftly blurs the lines between abstraction, portraiture, and landscape through a deep engagement with observation, memory, and imagination. In Welcome: Carib we can see a landscape foregrounded by a red, decorative metal mesh fence often featured on Jamaican homes and buildings, which is also designed for the purposes of security. The word ‘WELCOME’ and the decorative barrier evoke the tensions of belonging for a diasporic person in the negotiation of identity and the concept of homeland. The work Mrs S. Keita [Untitled (Lady/TV)] plays on memory and the tricks it can play. The work is based on a family photo where the subject and their pose inspired Anderson to recall a portrait of the wife of Malian photographer Sedou Keita. In this way he reveals how memory can be a blurring of reality and fiction.
About Hurvin Anderson
Hurvin Anderson was born in 1965 in Birmingham, UK. He studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Royal College of Art, London. Selected solo shows include: The Have a Mind of Their Own, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo (2019); Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2016); Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015); Hurvin Anderson: New Works, Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2013); Hurvin Anderson: reporting back, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2013); Peter’s Series 2007-09, Studio Museum, Harlem (2009); Art Now: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Modern, London (2009). In 2017, Hurvin Anderson was nominated for the Turner Prize.