Feature: Sunday Painter | Hurvin Anderson

Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson is this week’s featured .  Hurvin’s studio is in a former biscuit factory in Bermondsey, South London.


British painter Hurvin Anderson takes private and public gathering spaces as his primary subjects. People do not figure as prominently in these paintings as do the spaces they inhabit: cafés, country clubs, public parks, childhood homes and private residences converted into barber shops—small businesses that were central meeting places for Caribbean immigrants to London in the 1950s and 60s. Born in Birmingham of Jamaican parents, Anderson informally catalogues the history of that community in Britain through the spaces they inhabit.

Whether capturing landscapes in a late-Impressionist manner or reducing scenes of interior architecture to their basic patterns and designs, Anderson’s paintings are a fresh synthesis of abstraction and figuration. He presents places saturated with history, meaning and memory. Anderson, who studied under celebrated painter Peter Doig—a major influence on his work—at the Royal College of Art, had a show at the Tate in 2009.