Hurvin Anderson Curates

26 May-5 Nov 2023

The Hepworth Wakefield
Wakefield WF1 5AW


Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965) creates vibrant paintings that draw on the genres of still life, landscape and portraiture to explore the way community and identity can be represented. Born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents, Anderson’s practice touches upon his Jamaican heritage as well as referencing wider art history to create a unique sense of place and identity. The artist references the creativity and visibility of Blackness within contemporary society, paying homage to his cultural and political forebears while also contributing to discussions about the legacy of painting.

Alongside the Barbershop exhibition, Hurvin Anderson will curate a display of paintings drawn from public collections in the UK to take visitors on a journey through his formative influences and highlight the importance of art historical references in his work.

On display will be paintings from the 20th century which reveal points of conversation with his own practice, including work by Michael Andrews, Francis Bacon and Leon Kossoff.