Marcus Hodge is a British contemporary artist whose work is known for its vitality and sculptural use of paint. This seventh solo exhibition represents a pivotal moment in the artist’s established career and signals his transition from figurative painting towards abstraction. Gateways is a clear metaphor for this transformation, as Hodge seeks to explore the decisive moments in life which affect us all, whether as individuals, families or nations.
In the early stages of his career, Hodge initially made his name as a portrait painter. He returned to the UK in 1996 from a rigorous five year training in classical oil painting in Spain, very much in the vivid Spanish ‘Alla Prima’ style. Within two years, he exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and was selected as one of the UK’s A list portrait painters by Harpers and Queen. He rose to become one, “one of the most successful portrait artists of his generation,” (William Packer, Art Critic for the Financial Times.)
Hodge first travelled to India in 2000. This trip was the start of an intense fascination with India and became the driving inspiration behind his first solo show of figures and landscapes. Three more solo shows followed over the next decade, with Hodge’s style constantly evolving to become bolder, simpler and more contemporary with each one. By 2011, Hodge’s Scottish landscapes marked a new emphasis where the quality of paint became equally important as the images created. The paintings were accompanied by impressionist bronze sculptures of horses, as his interest in this three dimensional aspect grew.
|2001||June||FAC, Cork Street||London|
|2002||November||FAC, Cork Street||London|
|2004||June||FAC, Walton Street||London|
|2011||November||FAC, Tryon Gallery||London|
|2014||October||Osborne Studio Gallery||London|
|2015||October||The Jerram Gallery||Sherbourne|
|2017||November||Rountree Tryon Gallery||London|
Selected Collective Exhibitions
|2000||Royal Society of Portrait Painters||London|
|2005||Osborne Studio Gallery||London|