I create works of art that are beautiful. Not a beauty that duplicates the commonplace aesthetic molded by advertising and mass media imagery but a personal intimate beauty. The depiction of human suffering and violence permeates my works. The works themselves are not violent, rather thoughtful and rife with seductive imagery. I explore the complexities of human expression, everything from alienation to acceptance and even celebration.
I alternate between mythological subjects and contemporary ones, often combining the two. Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix, Theodore Gericault and Arnold Bocklin are among the many artists that have inspired my work. I also include an exploration of modern abstraction in my compositions. The joining of abstraction with classical imagery creates a feeling of spontaneity and vagueness within each work. I consider each work to be a vision of mine in which history, mythology, and abstraction collide. This combination creates a timeless and beautiful product.
I love the immediacy and tactility of drawing, the breaking of the white surface with images from my own personal narrative. I let the act of drawing dictate my compositions. My works are completed using graphite and charcoal. This medium allows me to seamlessly combine classical figurative representation with modern abstraction. This mixture creates feelings of chaos and spontaneity, reminiscent of Tijuana, Mexico, the city from where I came. In my depiction of figures, I am dedicated to using classical technique, minute in detail. The absence of color allows each work to be viewed as an objective documentation of events from which the spectator's involvement is forbidden. It is not my objective to create compositions to which viewers can relate. It is my intent to create works that maintain their mysteriousness in spite of their classical figurative representation.
Artist Bio / CV
Hugo Crosthwaite was born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1971 and grew up in Rosarito. Crosthwaite graduated from San Diego State University in 1997 with a BA in Applied Arts and Sciences from the School of Art, Art Design and Art History. The artist currently lives in Williamsburg, New York and is working on drawings for upcoming gallery shows including a 2008 exhibition of contemporary international drawings.
TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art. Itinerary (2006-2009): Museum of Contemporary Art – San Diego, California; Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
22nd Annual International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey, USA.
Hugo Crosthwaite (solo show in conjunction with the High's presentation of TRANSactions), Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
La Primera Bienal de Dibujo de las Americas "Rafael Cauduro" Tijuana, Palacio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Paper Traces: Latin American Prints and Drawings from the Museum's Collection, San Diego Museum of Art, California, USA.
Strange New World/ Extraño Nuevo Mundo - Arte y diseño desde Tijuana. Itinerary: Cultural Institute of Mexico, Washington D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art - San Diego, California; Santa Monica Museum of Art, California, USA.
VII Bienal Monterrey FEMSA de Pintura, Escultura e Instalación, Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, México.
Maniera Obscura/In a Dark Manner, Solo Exhibition, ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami, Florida, USA.
XII Bienal Rufino Tamayo. Itinerary: Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Cuidad de México; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca; Instituto Potosino de Bellas Artes, San Luis Potosi; Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Culicán; Museo de Arte de Querétaro; Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, Tamaulipas, México.
Art at War, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.