Thomas Hodges (artist)

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Thomas Hodges
Born (1957-04-03) 3 April 1957 (age 57)
London
Nationality English
Occupation Artist

Thomas Hodges is a British artist, working primarily with photography, and is best known for his art-nude work.

Life[edit]

Hodges was born in the South London suburb of Woolwich. His father was an amateur photographer and he developed an early interest in photography. Hodges has travelled throughout Europe, spending many years living in France and moving to Italy in 2007, where he currently resides. He has also lived throughout East and Southeast Asia, residing in Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.[1]

Career[edit]

Hodges worked in the investment banking industry in development finance for sustainable and socially responsible projects. In 1984, he started working as a part-time photographer, shooting back-stage during major fashion shows. From 1995 to 2000, while residing in Malaysia, he stopped photography completely. He resigned from the investment banking business in 2000 and decided to pursue a full-time career as an artist, working primarily with photography.[2] Hodges is a member of the UK based Association of Erotic Artists. Hodges has seen his art work displayed in public spaces in Berlin on a pillar in conjunction with the arts company Art Below.[3]

Inspirations[edit]

Hodges specialises in photographing the sexuality of woman. He is inspired by female beauty and lists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele,[4] Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Gustave Courbet, Man Ray and Helmut Newton as significant inspirations to his work.[citation needed]

Style and technique[edit]

Hodges terms much of his work as "Imaginistic", which he defines as “leaving the onlooker to deduct the ultimate conclusion of what his images portray”.[2] Although he has experience working in studios, he prefers available light. He believes that he excels in the manipulation and control of light, frequently working at the extremes of both high-key and low-key photography.

Awards[edit]

In 2006, Hodges was awarded the title of “Spider Fellow”,[5] having won a Nominee Award in the "Black and White Spider Awards”.[6] The Spider Awards[7] are for excellence in black and white photography". Hodges was further honored in 2007, when he won a further five Nominee Awards in the 3rd competition.[8] Hodges has also won “Nominee Awards” in the 2006, 2008 and 2009 International Color Awards’ “Photography Masters Cup”.[9] Hodges also received an “Honorable Mention” award in the 2008 and 2009 IPA-Lucie Awards in the Fine Art Nude category, for his series “Romantica”[2] and "Nude Shadows".[10] In 2009, Hodges was also a winner in the London International Creative Competition (LICC), for his art nude series "Wrapped".[11]

Publication[edit]

Hodges’ work has been published in print and online, including Playboy,[2] GQ,[12] Erotic Review,[13][14] Met Art,[15] The Photo Paper,[citation needed] The Photography Masters Cup 2008 Yearbook,[citation needed] The World's Greatest Black & White Photography, Volume 1,[16] The Artists Diary,[17] Lux Gallery Magazine,[18] What's Up magazine[19] and the British Museum of Erotic Art.[20]

In 2009, Hodges was also spotlighted as a "Featured Member" by The Lucie Foundation.[2]

Hodges has several book publications, including his monograph Imaginism and an erotic novel, with M. Christian.[citation needed]

Exhibitions[edit]

Hodges exhibits his work internationally, including The Italian Cultural Institute, London,[21] the London Underground,[22] The streets of Berlin,[22] the 2008 Venice Biennale,[citation needed] the 2008 Poster Show in New York City[23][24] and the 2009 International Art Show in Cannes.[25]

Public collections[edit]

Hodges’ works can be found in both private and public collections worldwide, including Shanghai University and Chi Mei Museum.[26][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thomas Hodges ~ Biography". Photoconception.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lucie Foundation Featured Member: Thomas Hodges". International Photography Awards. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Art Below Pillar of Art / Berlin / February 2009". ArtBelow. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "A "Whore’s Canal" at the "Nat Gal"". b-uncut. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Black & White Spider Awards | Roll of Honor". Thespiderawards.com. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Black & White Spider Awards | 2nd Annual Roll of Honor". Thespiderawards.com. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Black & White Spider Awards | International Award Honoring Black & White Photography". Thespiderawards.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Black & White Spider Awards | 3rd Annual Roll of Honor". Thespiderawards.com. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Photography Masters Cup™ | Winners Gallery". Thecolorawards.com. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "international Photography Awards™ Gallery: Honorable Mention Gallery Professional". International Photography Awards. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "ZOOM". Licc.us. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Thomas Hodges Fotogalerie" (in German). Gq-magazin.de. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "The Erotic Review's Photographer of the Year Prize 2008 - The Book, by The Erotic Review". Eroticprints.org. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Erotic Review's Photographer of the Year prize 2009 - The Book, by Erotic Review". Eroticprints.org. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Shoot for Met-Art with photographer Thomas Hodges van Chu chiao Wang (CC Wang)". Myspace.com. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Fine art nudes by award winning photographer Thomas Hodges". Duclerck.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  17. ^ The Artists Diary. blurb Media / b-uncut.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  18. ^ Hodges, Thomas (1 December 2009). "Editorial Feature in Lux Gallery Magazine". b-uncut.net. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "As featured in "What's Up" Magazine, Milan. - by Thomas Hodges". Absolutearts.livejournal.com. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Thomas Hodges Erotic Art Photography". Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Art for L'Aquila Online Catalogue". Lifeinabruzzo.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "ArtBelow". ArtBelow. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "The Soffer Collective". Soffercollective.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "The New York Poster Show". PR.com. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "la 2eme edition de l'art show se deroulera pareillement a Cannes pendant le festival du film". art show cannes. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  26. ^ Bernard, T.M. (4 May 2011). "Capturing Italy’s long history of eroticism in modern art". Fearless Press website. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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