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James Hugonin

Hugonin’s paintings are composed of marks of close toned colour with an underlying grid, each mark shifting slightly from its neighbour and building to a rhythmic whole. These are deeply subtle paintings with an understated clarity: quietly musical and filled with a kind of contained light that relates keenly to the place in which they are made. There is a slow and deliberate colour notation that forms an integral part of the making of each work. As Michael Harrison (Director of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge) has observed, “the paintings carry with them that pace, that slowness, that sense of time. They ask us to slow down, and to look, and to settle as we would to listen to a piece of music, allowing time to take effect – to acknowledge that, for all their quietness and stillness, our relationship to them is one of continual change”.

A selection of Hugonin’s work was shown at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea which then toured to BALTIC, Gateshead in 2006. A new set of three 30-colour screenprints was published by Ingleby Gallery in 2009, representing a significant new body of work by the artist. Last year, Hugonin completed a commissioned stained glass window in St John’s Chapel in Northumberland and Ingleby Gallery presented a survey of his six most recent paintings, alongside two early works that saw the beginning of this series over twenty years ago.

James Hugonin’s most recent work, Binary Rhythm (I), was shown at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2011 and shortlisted for the Wallaston Award. Hugonin has also been shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize 2011. His work will be in a group exhibition with three other finalists at Leeds City Art Gallery, with the winner will to be announced 19 January 2012.


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