Henry Hudson’s (b. 1982 lives and works in London) multifaceted practice incorporates painting, sculpture, etching, performance, and most recently Woodburytype printing. Integral to Hudson’s practice is the relationship between image and overt materiality, revealing a poignant social commentary through a confrontational and masterful subversion of traditional mediums. Hudson’s opulent plasticine paintings serve as a satire of the madness of contemporary life. His theatrical scenes reveal a grotesque and depraved version of humanity, and reference political and contemporary affairs, consumerism and obscene products of salacious desire. His most recent body of work, Woodburytype Series, sees the artist re-visit this historical printing process, and true to the artist’s practice, examines past traditions through contemporary narratives.
Recent solo exhibitions include Sun City Tanning, Sotheby’s S|2 gallery, New York (2016); Sun City Tanning, Carl Kostyal, London (2016); The Rise and Fall of Young Sen, The Contemporary Artist’s Progress, Sotheby’s S|2 gallery, New York (2015); Pellegrino, T J Boulting, London (2014); Hominidae, T J Boulting, London (2012); A Rake Revisited, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London (2011); Between A Rock And A Hard Place, F2 gallery, Beijing (2011); Crapula, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London (2010); Knappin, Trolley Gallery, London (2009); A Prayer for the Procrastinator, Cosa, London (2008); Dewlap, Hiscox Collection, London (2007); and Animals Farming, Ada Gallery, London (2006). The artist has also participated in numerous group shows including What Duchamp Taught Me, The Fine Art Society, London (2014); Human Reproduction, Art Miami, Miami (2014); Multiplied 2014: Contemporary Art in Editions Fair, Christie’s, London (2014); Protanopia Utopia, Honore, Galerie RueVisconti, Paris (2014); Publish/Curate, T J Boulting, London (2014); The British Cut, Cat Street Gallery and Fine Art Society, Hong Kong (2012); InVisible, Edel Assanti, London (2011); Wonderland – New Work from London, curated by James Putmnam, Assab One, Milan (2010); and Peeping Tom, curated by Keith Coventry, Vegas Gallery, London (2010).