Hurvin Anderson b. 1965


Hurvin Anderson studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Royal College of Art in London where he received a BA and MA during the 1990s. The UK-based artist takes inspiration for his paintings from his heritage as a second-generation Jamaican-British artist. Anderson is known for his paintings that are both abstract and figurative depictions of human landscapes, that are often public places or sites of leisure, that bear the features of his origins. Anderson investigates themes of familial roots, displacement, and the visibility of Blackness. The artist's chosen subjects overlap his parents' generation's experiences with his own. The sense of something familiar yet absent is conveyed through his canvases in their displaced sense of place and obscure comprehension of detail. Anderson also works from photographs, instead of memory, a process which further heightens his aesthetic of distance.


Anderson completed a Caribbean Contemporary Arts Residency Program in Trinidad in 2002. The artist's works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate, London, among others.