Hutch (James Hutchinson)
James Hutchinson (Hutch) grew up in Devon and now lives and works in Suffolk. He studied at Central St Martins School of Art and Design between 2000 and 2004. He was an art teacher at Ipswich School and is now Head of Art at Woodbridge School in Suffolk.
Hutch's most recent paintings are painted en plein air under a canopy of colours, leaves and thoughts. These paintings, set in Porters Wood Woodbridge, seek to explore and understand visual and idealogical landscapes. Hutch says, "We strive for certainties as humans but actually have to live with and ultimately enjoy doubt through a faith of some description. This notion is played out in "The Dance of Faith and Doubt paintings. The From a Tradition of Criticism oils pay homage to the value of astute and timely criticism; whether in art, science or another realm we need to be confronted sometimes to keep us honest. The Embracing Multiple Stories canvases symbolise that mankind’s various stories and ideologies are entwined; when we seek to understand things in isolation or over simplify history and culture we devalue our richness."
In Hutch's work, Led Eve Men, 7021 brushstrokes have been applied in a strict order to create 118 miniature abstract paintings in the format of the Periodic Table. The brushwork is deliberately reminiscent of calligraphy, fluid and deliberate.The descrambling and recombining of the letters mirrors the way chemists combine elements to form new compounds and the way painters combine pictorial elements to reveal new possibilities.
In 2018, Hutch made several small works entitled ‘Forerunners’. Each painting heralded a new subject type and style. In ‘My Age (of my time or just a numeric?)’ the number 37 represents the artist’s age; 1 brushstroke per year. The painting was initially planned as an animation and therefore this work is also an exploration of the migration of ideas and motifs from digital to non-digital media.
In The Projection Series, also made in 2018/2019, Hutch draws a comparison between the words predict and project. In the past artists have often been the visionaries who predict the future. These paintings are projected in the here and now but made from drawings made in the past.
Hutch spent time as Artist in residence at Helmingham Hall Gardens in Suffolk, where his work was highly sought after.
He has had solo exhibitions in London, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk; at the Vortex Jazz Bar Gallery, Stoke Newington, London; The Truman Brewery Gallery, Brick Lane, London; The JLV Gallery, Cambridge Heath Road, London; North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex, and in Suffolk at The Cross, 'Lots of Little Lines', Woodbridge.
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