acrylic on linen
160 x 230cm
Courtesy of the artist
Gregory Hodge's paintings oscillate between abstraction and figuration, layering personal source material with painterly gestural marks and obscured motifs of foliage, interiors and architecture. These complex, finely wrought surfaces are rendered in highly pigmented, highly translucent acrylics and gels and in mimicking everything from oil painted trompe l'oeil techniques to woven 17th century textiles, Hodge brings a reconsidered, contemporary perspective to the history and form of painting.
'This work is part of a larger body of work that explores the relationship between painting and tapestry. The painting depicts abstract gestures and patterned motifs superimposed over an interior, disrupting and concealing the scene behind. The playful cast shadows make these elements appear to project out from the depicted space. The interior scene depicts a light shop close to my current home in Paris, which I have used in numerous compositions. In this work, the painted marks and all over horizontal and vertical striations of paint become reminiscent of the patterned-like texture of a tapestry.'
This artwork will be on display in the 2023 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize Finalist Exhibition from Saturday 25 November 2023 until Sunday 18 February 2024.
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