Ⓒ Hugo Chisholm, 2014

Ⓒ Hugo Chisholm, 2014

 

Hello!

I am a contemporary painter, currently living and working in Victoria, BC. I graduated from the Studio Arts Program  at the University of Guelph, Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2011.

Painting for me, began as a response to the ubiquity and overload of images through technological sources, and our experience of artworks becoming increasingly distanced from their original source.  The idea of failure through technological reproduction, pattern and repetition's inevitable erosion of image are fundamentals of my painting practice. 

 

The process of creating a painting is the most interesting and important aspect in my work. Each piece begins with a neatly planned grid, and through the performative process of addition and subtraction of paint, repeating patterns, techniques and colours, each grid is built up, broken down, and in time becomes its own completely unique artwork, or ends up a big mess. 

This aspect of potential mess and failure though, is what drew me in to art marking (especially paintings) in our increasingly digital world. I'm fascinated with the possibilities in variation that happen as a physical process gets repeated again and again to create those moments of beauty when a medium is being pushed to its limits, and breaks apart into something spectacular.