Thursday 12 September 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Wimbledon College of Arts

Hurvin Anderson’s paintings explore the way community and identity can be represented, drawing upon his Jamaican heritage as well as referencing wider art history. Repeated images such as the interior of barbershops appear throughout his paintings as a place synonymous with community and affirmation for many Afro-Caribbean migrants. His work pays homage to this cultural history and explores themes of memory, identity, perception and nationhood. As Anderson observes: “I do look at things from both sides of myself in a way: the Jamaican side and the British side. It’s a kind of alter ego — this questioning things, trying to see how one side affects the other.”


Anderson’s paintings shift between an abstract and representational focus. He frequently overlays his paintings with decorative screens and abstract patterns which interfere with the landscapes underneath. These screens can be seen as references to the security grills often found around properties in the Caribbean to mark the threshold between public and private space. They also combine the distinct art historical genres of figurative landscape and modernist abstraction while creating a unique sense of place and identity.


Following his talk, Hurvin Anderson will be in conversation with Geraint Evans, Course Leader MA Painting at Wimbledon and Prof. Rebecca Fortnum, senior tutor research at the Royal College of Art.


This event coincides with the Wimbledon MA Painting degree show and will be preceded by a DRAW event - a tour of the MA Drawing degree show led by Prof. Rebecca Fortnum. This event commences at the college reception at 5pm and all are welcome.