Hurvin Anderson in conversation with William Feaver

Hurvin Anderson’s paintings explore spaces occupied by Caribbean immigrants, such as public parks, gardens, barbershops and domestic interiors, which function as sites for both social gathering and economic enterprise. These settings represent the artist’s personal and cultural memories of functional spaces and shared experiences of the Caribbean. Born in Birmingham to parents of Jamaican descent, Anderson studied at the Wimbledon School of Art followed by the Royal College of Art, where he explored the relevance of figuration in a world dominated by abstraction and Conceptual art. Since then, he has pursued both landscape and abstract painting, exploring his own relationships to place by recalling social history and memory.

Anderson (b. 1965) works between London and Cambridgeshire and has exhibited extensively, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016); Nottingham Arts Centre, Nottingham (2016); Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2015); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2013); Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2013); Tate Modern London (2009); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009).  He has participated in group exhibitions at, among others, the Perez Art Museum, Miami (2015); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2013); David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2011); and Saatchi Gallery, London (2010). Anderson was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2017.

Hurvin Anderson

Hurvin Anderson, 2017, acrylic and oil on canvas, 130 x 100 cm
© DACS / Courtesy the artist