Alex Hudson(London, 1976)
Alex Hudson is a contemporary artist whose body of work is deeply rooted in the history of painting. More specifically, Hudson creates mesmerising images that very often draw from the work of the old masters up until early forms of Modernism. He does so in a way that when looking at his work there is a simultaneous sense of strangeness as well as familiarity —his imagery is purposely ambiguous which allows the artist to flirt with notions of belonging and displacement. Alex Hudson’s work is somehow a conceptual inquiry on painting itself, an entanglement of approaches and veiled references that crystallises in scenes, portraits or landscapes where allegories and refined philosophical ideas coexist with humorous, explicit or vulgar images. Even the most anecdotal motifs find themselves a suitable place in Hudson’s compositions —it is indeed his technical dexterity that makes each and every one of his paintings a truly enjoyable experience Hudson imbues his oeuvre with a strong psychological charge that is intensified by the characters and the scenes he chooses to depict which tend to be outcasts, acrobats or nomads usually performing intimate or domestic activities.