MARCUS HODGE: BREAKING THE CYCLE AT ARTMOORHOUSE LONDON

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ArtMoorHouse is proud to present

MARCUS HODGE BREAKING THE CYCLE

21st November 2019 -6th January 2020 ArtMoorHouse, Moor House Building 120 London Wall EC2Y5ET London, UK


Image detail: Red Timbers, 2019, Oil on Canvas, 80 x 150cm

MARCUS HODGEÂ BREAKING THE CYCLE Approaching the burning ghats of Varanasi through the narrow, winding streets leading to the edge of the Ganges, you press yourself into any small recess or doorway as yet another funeral party passes by. The deceased held high on their shoulders, wrapped in f ine materials, accompanied by singing and prayers. Varanasi is one of seven holy cities in India and the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. Many head there to end their days in order to escape samsara, breaking the cycle of rebirth and achieving moksha or spiritual liberation. The title of the exhibition becomes a metaphor for the new beginnings we can all undertake.


On arrival the body will be dipped f ive times into the river, representing the f ive elements, then left on the steps while the water drains away. It is then placed on the pyre and lit f rom the embers of the eternal flame. This small f ire has, reputedly, been kept burning by the descendants of the same family for many centuries. The journey is a cause for celebration as much as sorrow, the bodies slowly reduced to ash among the flames. Enormous stacks of timbers stretch along every street and alleyway and at the river’s edge piles of ash are consigned to the dark waters of the Ganges. Dogs and cattle pick their way along the bank as the next pyres are prepared and set alight. Colour abounds but always moderated by the greys and sooty blacks of the ash and scorched timbers.

This recent series of work was inspired by a trip to Varanasi and many previous to India. The structure of the timbers lent a strong abstract motif to many of the paintings. The thoughts and ideas based around samsara and moksha likewise gave shape to the composition and design, stained with the memories and experience of colour and place. The work continues to be less about f inish as about process, one that may reveal something new and unexpected. Each picture f inds itself in the mysterious and compelling process of being painted. The visual language is bold and simple, using various large tools with generous, direct application of paint. Texture, breaking and activating surface, a simpler arrangement and form of expression.


Image: Breaking the Cycle, 2019, Oil on 5 Canvases, 142 x 142cm

A balance between action and stillness, light and dark, the seeking of inf inite variety in repetition, through accident and chance. Intuitive, a felt response to these timeless ceremonies, a meditation on the universal human condition that perhaps binds us closer in this ever more f ractured world.

Marcus Hodge, 2019


On Show at ArtMoorHouse

Exhibition viewable by appointment only

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Green Horizon, 2019 Oil on Board 61 x 49.5cm £ 3,600.00


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Red Timbers, 2019 Oil on Canvas 80 x 150cm £ 6,240.00


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Stacked Elements, 2019 Oil on Oil Paper 59 x 42cm £ 1,800.00


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Between the Lines, 2018 Oil on Canvas 150 x 150cm £ 9,840.00


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Samsara, 2019 Oil on Canvas 180 x 115cm £ 9,600.00


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Stacked Colours, Jaipur, 2019 Oil on Oil Paper 66 x 50cm £ 2,400.00


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Breaking the Cycle, 2019 Oil on 5 Canvases 142 x 142cm £ 9,120.00


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Burning Timbers, 2019 Oil on Canvas 150 x 120cm £ 9,000.00


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Red Interlock, 2019 Oil on Canvas 120 x 150cm £ 8,640.00


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Revolution, 2019 Oil on 5 Canvases 147 x 147cm £ 9,360.00


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Black, Cream, Yellow, 2018 Oil on Canvas 120 x 160cm


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Regeneration, 2019 Oil On Canvas 160 x 115cm £ 8,400.00


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Blue Karma, 2019 Oil on Canvas 120 x 160cm £ 9,300.00


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Era verde el silencio, 2019 Oil on Canvas 145 x 110cm £ 8,400.00


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Black Interlock, 2019 Oil on Canvas 120 x 170cm £ 9,300.00


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Eternal Flame, 2019 Oil on Canvas 115 x 95cm


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Opening I, 2019 Oil on Canvas 120 x 150cm £ 8,880.00


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Released, 2019 Oil on Board 60 x 49cm £ 3,600.00


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Black Timbers, 2019 Oil on Canvas 80 x 150cm £ 6,480.00


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Overlap, 2019 Oil on Mount Board Aperture 56 x 50cm £ 2,400.00


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Autumn V, 2018 Oil on Paper Aperture 63 x 48cm £ 2,400.00


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Black Timbers III, 2019 Oil on Mount Board 50 x 66cm £ 2,400.00


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Blue Steps, 2019 Oil on Oil Paper 53 x 37cm £ 1,680.00


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Red Steps, 2019 Oil on Oil Paper 48.5 x 36.5cm £ 1,440.00


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Fire Stacks, 2019 Oil on Oil Paper 66 x 50cm £ 2,400.00


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Green Stacks, 2019 Oil on Paper 42 x 27cm £ 1,560.00


Triptych: Tantric 1,2,3, 2018 Oil on paper 38 x 28cm 3,200.00


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Tantric 1, 2018 - (Triptych Tantric 1,2,3) Oil on paper 38 x 28cm


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Tantric 2, Jodhpur Blue, 2018 (Triptych Tantric 1,2,3) Oil on Oil Paper 38 x 28cm


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Tantric 3, 2018 (Triptych Tantric 1,2,3) Oil on paper 38 x 29


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Tantric Red and Blue, 2019 Oil on Board 70 x 51.5cm £ 3,360.00


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Surya, 2019 Oil on Board 61.5.x 45.5cm £ 2,880.00


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Black Timbers I, 2019 Oil on Mount Board Aperture 50 x 66cm £ 2,400.00


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Moksha IV, 2019 Oil on Handmade Indian Paper 44 x 35cm £ 1,320.00


Moksha II, 2019 Oil on Handmade Indian Paper Aperture 40 x 56cm ÂŁ 1,440.00


Finding Equilibrium, 2019 Oil on Board 55 x 44cm £ 2,880.00


Embers I, 2019 Oil on Handmade Indian Paper 32 x 42cm ÂŁ 960.00


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Available for viewing upon request


Interlock, 2019 Plaster on Wood 56 high x 51 wide x 37cm deep ÂŁ 3,240.00


Samsara, 2019 Plaster on Wood, Polished black granite base 45 high x 47 wide x 3.5cm deep ÂŁ 2,880.00


Biography


In the early stages of his career, Hodge initially made his name as a portrait painter. He returned to the UK in 1996 f rom a rigorous f ive year training in classical oil painting in Spain, very much in the vivid Spanish ‘Alla Prima’ style. Within two years, he exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and was selected as one of the UK’s A list portrait painters by Harpers and Queen. Hodge f irst travelled to India in 2000. This trip was the start of an intense fascination with India and became the driving inspiration behind his f irst solo show. With each solo exhibition which followed, his style constantly evolved to become bolder and simpler as f igurative painting gave way to abstraction. The paintings were accompanied by impressionist bronze sculptures, as his interest in this three dimensional aspect grew. The Gateways exhibition in 2017 represented a pivotal moment in the artist’s established career as it fused his love of India with abstraction. The themes of gateways and windows were clear metaphors for this transformation which gave the materials far greater expression, unencumbered by representation. Different tools such as large spatulas, knives and lengths of wood were used to introduce the elements of risk, chance and opportunity. Each painting becomes unique in Hodge's search for the unexpected.


Selected solo show 2001 2002 2004 2011 2014 2015 2017 2019

June November June November October October November November

FAC, Cork Street FAC, Cork Street FAC, Walton Street FAC, Tryon Gallery Osborne Studio Gallery The Jerram Gallery Rountree Tryon Gallery ArtMoorHouse

London London London London London Sherborne London London

Selected Collective Exhibitions 2000 2005 2011 2012 2017 2018 2019

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Osborne Studio Gallery Art London Bonhams Palm Beach Art Fair Crossgate Gallery Crossgate Gallery

London London London Edinburgh Miami Lexington, USA Lexington, USA


Exhibition viewable by appointment only

CONTACTS:

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Marcus Hodge E. art@marcushodge.com W. www.marcushodge.com


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