Biography

Marcus Hodge is a British contemporary artist whose work is known for its vitality and sculptural use of paint. He seeks to evoke an instinctive response in the viewer by using minimal language. Central to his work is the juxtaposition of energy and stillness, where visceral layers of paint interact to reveal a glimpse of what lies beneath. With a restrained economy of means, the paintings are less about finish as about the process - a process of not knowing, one that may reveal something you weren't looking for. The picture finds itself in the mysterious and compelling process of being painted.

 

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 and within two years, he exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Marcus first travelled to India in 2000 and this was the start of an intense fascination with the country which became the driving inspiration behind his work. With each solo exhibition which followed, his style constantly evolved to become bolder and simpler as figurative painting gave way to abstraction. The paintings were accompanied by impressionist bronze sculptures, as his interest in this three dimensional aspect grew.

 

The Gateways exhibition in 2017 represented a pivotal moment Marcus' established career, as it fused his love of India with abstraction. The themes of gateways and windows were clear metaphors for this transformation which gave the materials far greater expression, unencumbered by representation. Different tools such as large spatulas, knives and lengths of wood were used to introduce the elements of risk, chance and opportunity. Each painting becomes unique in the artist's search for the unexpected.

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2001   Fine Art Commissions, Cork Street        London

2002  FAC, Cork Street                                               London

2004  FAC, Walton Street                                          London
2011    FAC at the Tryon Gallery                                London

2014   Osborne Studio Gallery                                  London

2015   The Jerram Gallery                                           Sherborne

2017   Rountree Tryon Gallery                                   London

2019   ArtMoorHouse                                                    London

2021   Osborne Studio Gallery                                  London:   5th - 27th October 2021

 

Selected Collective Exhibitions

1992-5      Austin Galleries                                          Austin, USA
1996          Cadogan Contemporary                          London
1997-01    Royal Society of Portrait Painters      Mall Galleries, London

2005         Osborne Studio Gallery                            London

2002-11    artLondon with FAC                                  London

2012           Majlis Gallery                                                Dubai

2014           Mark Murray                                                  New York

2016-18     Rountree Tryon Gallery                           London and Petworth

2017            Palm Beach Art Fair                                 Rountree Tryon

2018-19     Crossgate Gallery                                       Lexington, USA 

2018+19     Hollandridge                                                Henley and London

2020+21    Rountree Tryon                                          Petworth