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Hurvin Anderson

Peter's 1

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ArtistHurvin Anderson (Born 1965)
TitlePeter's 1
Date2007
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceThomas Dane Gallery
Exhibition"Art Now: Hurvin Anderson", Tate Britain, 19/1-19/4/2009; "Hurvin Anderson: Barbershop Series", Studio Museum, Harlem, NY, 15/7-25/10/2009; "Government Art Collection: Selected by Simon Schama: Travelling Light", Whitechapel Gallery, London, 16/12/2011-26/2/2012; "Revealed: Government Art Collection", Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17/11/2012-24/2/2013 & Ulster Museum, Belfast 15/3-9/6/2013; 'Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 25/9-10/11/2013.
Dimensionsheight: 187.20 cm, width: 142.20 cm
Inscriptionverso, on foldback, ul + tl: H.A 2007 / October. "Peter's 1"
AcquisitionPurchased from Thomas Dane Gallery, November 2007
LocationUK, London, Government Art Collection
GAC number18156
 

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This painting portrays the faded interior of a room with a few meagre furnishings. A pool cue rests on the edge of the cabinet beside which is a three-legged stool. The mirror above the cabinet reflects the yellow line of the picture rail from the opposite wall.

This is one of a number of paintings by Hurvin Anderson depicting generic social areas such as a club, a park, an attic and, in 'Peter's 1', a barber's shop. Anderson, who was born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents in the 1960s has revealed how these are all spaces familiar to him from childhood. He has described how Jamaican people who came to England in the 1950s and 1960s create spaces in their homes so that they could invite people round to have a good time, while possibly earning some extra income. He once said:

'…this … fascinates me because this must be the last of this kind of place in England. I imagine many Jamaicans created spaces like this when they had their first homes. An attic, a cellar, a box room, a garage turned into somewhere where you can supplement your income. It becomes a little piece of back home, a place to raise some funds and a place to socialize, all these needs packed into one space.'

Hurvin Anderson was born in Birmingham and completed an art foundation course at Birmingham Polytechnic (1990-1991). He studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art (1991-1994) and at the Royal College of Art (1998). Recent solo exhibitions of his work include shows at Thomas Dane, London in 2005 and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London in 2006. A display of new paintings by Anderson will be shown at Tate Britain in 2009.

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