London, United Kingdom
About Joshua Evans-Hooper
Living and working in London. I work thinly over canvas with diluted acrylic paint and watercolour pencil, and then use deformed fields of colour to similarly deface and obscure human figures and landscapes. The painting is overworked and spaces on the canvas are left exposed to reinforce this dialectic notion. The brush strokes often range from gestural to contained marks and from facets of bold pigment to saturated pastel-like colours. When working from photographic sources the tendency is to use restraint when referring to the photo, so as not to produce a concrete location. Instead I use partial ephemeral memories to obtain an elusive and indefinable scene. Digital technology is a component throughout the painting, such as the deconstruction of film stills and the construction of composition through Photoshop. The construction of the paintings identity is embodied by collage. I describe collage as a collision of rehearsed narratives, images are thrown and confronted into a thematic assembly. When working from photographic collage the painting becomes a recycled symbolic plane. The painting is provocative and defies complacency to not be an unproductive daydreamer, it becomes a revolt against existing in the real.
HNC Fine art - Kensington College 2012
(BA) Fine Art, First class honours - Kingston University 2016
Summer salon, Islington Arts Factory, 2015.
Elemental Co-ordinator ‘Pylon’, Stanley Picker gallery, 2015.
America Square. Cavendish Gallery. February 2017.