Hurvin Anderson

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Hurvin Anderson (born 1965) is a British painter.

Early life and education[edit]

Anderson was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom, to parents of Jamaican origin.[1] He was educated at Wimbledon College of Art, London and The Royal College of Art, London.


Anderson often works from photographs and his own memories to create works that range from delicate paintings on vellum to large canvases that can consume an entire wall.[2] His paintings and works on paper "depict places where memory and history converge"[2] and engage with issues of identity and representation.[3] While recent works, such as Studio Drawing 15 (2016) mark a shift toward abstraction in his oeuvre, the motifs of the barbershop, densely layered trees, and Caribbean landscapes have been consistently featured throughout most of his career.

Anderson is represented by Thomas Dane in London and Michael Werner Gallery in New York.


His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in the UK and the US, including at Tate Britain, London, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the Studio Museum, Harlem, New York and the Art Gallery of Ontario.[4][5]

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Foreign Body, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (2016)

Backdrop, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto (2016)

Dub Versions, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2016)

Backdrop, CAM, St. Louis (2015)

Reporting Back, IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2013)[6]

Subtitles, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (2011)[7]

Art Now: Hurvin Anderson, Tate Britain, London (2009)[8]

Peter’s Series 2007-09, Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2009)[9]

Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]

Turner Prize 2017, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2017)

Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2016)

Making & Unmaking, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016)

Poetics of Relation, Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2015)

Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2013)

Self-Consciousness, curated by Hilton Als and Peter Doig, VW (VeneKlasen/Werner), Berlin (2010)

Telling Times, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester (2000)

Inheritance, Ikon Touring, Birmingham (1995)


In 2017 Anderson was nominated for the Turner Prize at the age of 52. Previously, only artists under the age of 50 were eligible for nominating, but that rule has since been abolished.[10]

Residencies and fellowships[edit]



  1. ^ Frieze Magazine review and bio
  2. ^ a b "Hurvin Anderson". Michael Werner Gallery. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ "News – A Q&A with… Hurvin Anderson, painter". a-n The Artists Information Company. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ Adams, James (23 May 2016). "Hurvin Anderson presents scenes from neither here nor there at AGO". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. ^ Artists biography at Thomas Dane Gallery.
  6. ^ "Ikon reporting back". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  7. ^ "Michael Werner Gallery". Michael Werner Gallery. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  8. ^ Tate. "Art Now: Hurvin Anderson – Exhibition at Tate Britain | Tate". Tate. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  9. ^ "The Studio Museum in Harlem". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  10. ^ "Turner Prize: Black painting pioneers break award age barrier", BBC News, 3 May 2017.

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