As the first part of his latest venture, Swiss art dealer and proverbial auctioneers ‘Mick Jagger’, Baron Simon de Pury reframes the contemporary portrait with by PURY presents Microcosm by Henry Hudson highlighting the latest iteration of the intrepid London-based artist’s work from 2019. With modern alchemy, Hudson, 39, raises the old fashioned portrait medium into a hybrid art form somewhere between NFT and printmaking. The vibrant renderings – which immortalize artistic talents like Ai Weiwei, Ed Ruscha and Rashid Johnson – echo notes of Fauvism while evoking the vibrant portraits of Vincent van Gogh.
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âArtists would go to court to paint the intellectual, the nobleman, the politician, the royal and those who influence and shape our world. Today, with our iPhones and iPads, I got to see some of the artists, dealers and collectors who shape our culture, âsays Hudson; whose dazzling creations are coveted by the international jet set. âWhat makes this corpus different from those of the past is the use of technologyâ¦ By using a UV flatbed printer, I was able to merge the digital onto a physical object, making the portrait totally unique with no blockchain required. . ‘
Of Hudson’s inventiveness, de Pury explains, âHenry combines the latest technology available to an artist today to create unique portraits that are striking and timeless in their physicality. It’s exciting that an artist of his caliber is reviving the tradition of commissioning portraits. ‘ While the art world is reeling from the near constant influx of digital art, Hudson’s Amalgam Portraits fill a distinct gap in the market – marrying the classic appeal of portraiture with its grainy flair and avant-garde mastery of technology.
With the younger generations of dynastic families less inclined to sit down for an oil portrait like their illustrious backgrounds, Hudson’s cutting edge renderings are likely to find immense appeal among the new wave of Bright Young Things. That said, any collector at the forefront of contemporary art will no doubt be tempted to acquire or order one of Hudson’s microcosms.
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âIt’s like everything else now, relatively instantaneous,â notes Hudson of his practice of painting on the iPad – a medium appreciated by fellow British visionary David Hockney. Adding: âI can produce a work in a cafe, a car or an airplane and have it sent to its owner the same day in certain cases. Such an unprecedented level of immediacy creates a wedge between Hudson and traditional portrait painters, whose work often requires subjects to sit for hours while taking weeks to complete.
Like Van Gogh in the 1880s and later Andy Warhol in the 1970s – although I would say Hudson is a superior talent than Warhol – Hudson’s portraits stand out from those produced by his contemporaries and frankly make the portrait attractive once. Furthermore. While the medium has long been synonymous with wealth and power, it has only been associated with “cool” under the guidance of a mere handful of artists. Henry Hudson is now one of them.
Please note that the exhibition is held in the artist’s studio and runs until July 31, 2021 – click here for more information.
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