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 recent paintings kick off a new body of work entitled The Projection Series. The work involves the use of an old fashioned overhead projector; but this is only partly the works raison d'être. An overarching facet of Hutch's process is wordplay. Words more than pictures circulate in his thoughts as a painterly composition develops. In these works he draws a comparison between the words predict and project. In the past artists have often been the proclaimers of new futures; they predict and visualise how things might be and in this way they project a vision of what they see as impending.
‘A Projected Peace’ references the act of pondering the future in order to enjoy the present more fully. It is as if the present is carved out by a future self, rather than the future imagined by an artist in the here and now. The smaller works on show are titled ‘I Project that…’ and ‘You Project that…’ These works are intended to be conversation starters; who do these personal pronouns refer to (the artist, the subjects in the work, the viewer, or everyone) and do the titles insinuate through their use of the word ‘project’ a prediction of the future or the way in which a person projects their persona to the world?
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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