Hugo Crosthwaite

1971 · Mexico

Artist biography

Hugo Crosthwaite is a mid-career contemporary visual artist, who originates from Mexico, like other well-known artists such as Natasha Malherbe, Paul Muguet, Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal, José Zúñiga, and Martin Ramirez. Hugo Crosthwaite was born in 1971.

About Hugo Crosthwaite's works

Hugo Crosthwaite's work is characteristic of the fields of Expressionism and Figuration. While Expressionism is typically more evocative of an international trend rather than a consistent art movement, its essence can be understood as a longing from the artists to define and express their emotions, rather than just give a representation of reality. In Expressionist paintings, the brushwork is often liberated and uncontrolled, as to transpire the artist’s inner emotions, while a focus is put on textures and powerful colours come into play, thus permitting art to be rewritten and bear the message the expressionist artist is trying to deliver. Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is highly representative of Expressionism, as it powerfully illustrates the artist’s feeling of deep anguish and alienation.

Figurative art has been around since the most primitive stages of visual arts, and includes any form of modern art which references the reality or the human figure, in opposition to Abstraction. Figurative art embraces a significant amount of styles, thus remaining a truly innovative and major category in which artists created critically acclaimed masterpieces, such as Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, or Paul Cézanne’s The Bathers.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Hugo Crosthwaite's work is available on display in 3 galleries recorded on Artland. Galleries include Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Pierogi | The Boiler, and Pierogi in the United States. Hugo Crosthwaite's work has most recently been exhibited at Pierogi in New York (18 January 2020 until 15 February 2020) with the exhibition First, Second, and Third Person at Pierogi. Hugo Crosthwaite's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States (08 November 2019 - 03 January 2020) with the name TIJUAS! (Death March, Tijuana Bibles, and Other Legends) and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States (12 July 2019 - 16 August 2019) with the name I've got a good mind to give up living and go shopping instead. Hugo Crosthwaite's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Tijuana Bibles and took place at Pierogi in New York, the United States from the 13 October 2018 to 18 November 2018.

Further Biographical Context for Hugo Crosthwaite

Born in 1971, Hugo Crosthwaite's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1990s. Art in the 1990s was defined at the start of the decade by a group of artists in the United Kingdom that came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. They were a diverse group of creatives, affiliated loosely by their age, nationality, and their association with Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art in London, as well as being favoured by super collector of the time Charles Saatchi. The most famous artist of the group is Damien Hirst, who was also an early organiser of group activities. Other artists included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Wood. Much of their work became famous for shock tactics and the sensationalism of both material and message. They also became known for their use of throwaway materials, wild-living, and an attitude that was simultaneously counter-culture rebellion but also entrepreneurial. They achieved a large amount of media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s. Their international shows in the mid-1990s included the now legendary ‘Sensation'.

Also gaining prominence at this time was an emergent trend in Japan related to the huge boom in advertising and consumerism that took place during the economic dominance of the 1980s. The indigenous comic book culture of manga, allied to trends in advertising, graphic design and packaging, saw a young artist called Takashi Murakami develop his theories which he coined ’Superflat’. Influenced by his experiences in New York City in the mid-1990s, Murakami formed a powerful collective called Kaikaikiki, which became internationally renowned as an artistic group.

Conceptual photography led by German ideas and artists came to prominence. Artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained international recognition, and inspired other artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who experimented with the kind of cinematic expansiveness associated with the German artists’ work. Painters like Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger exercised a notable influence on younger artists.

A proliferation of trends characterised the decade, including the highly irreverent sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and extremely sensitive advancements of conceptualism as evidenced by the work of artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Relational Aesthetics became a key idea. It was a term created by curator Nicholas Bourriaud in the 1990s to describe the tendency to make art based on, or inspired by, human relations and their social context. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this agenda.

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