Hugo McCloud Painting

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Edited by: Sean Kelly Texts by: Isolde Brielmaier English Januar 2017, 96 Pages, 50 Ills. Hardcover 277mm x 228mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4252-8
| "When I get to a point, where I really know what I am doing, I don't like it." - Hugo McCloud

Brooklyn-based artist Hugo McCloud is one of the most prolific young talents working today. Self-taught with a background in industrial design, McCloud’s practice is unrestricted by classical, academic tenets. Drawing inspiration from the rawness and decay of the urban landscape, McCloud creates rich, large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural objects by fusing unconventional industrial materials—tar, bitumen, aluminum sheeting and oxidized steel plates—with traditional pigment and woodblock printing techniques. His approach is instinctive and physical, often working on the floor, sanding, hammering and torching his materials until a total metamorphosis takes place. Driven by an enduring desire to uncover beauty in the overlooked and abandoned, McCloud’s work pushes the boundaries of utilitarian materials and confronts aesthetic perceptions.