“Slowly, all these beautiful, plump, female nudes became cumbrous and all the handsome male nudes became heavy and distorted. I may have been quietly changing or I may have been finding what I really wanted to do.” Robert Hodgins
Acclaimed by those who know his work, admire his innate creativity, and appreciate his distinctive style, Robert Hodgins is one of South Africa’s most extraordinary artists, combining a unique sense of fanciful humour and serious commentary with a sometimes sombre yet sometimes even frivolous approach to his singular creations. He is also one of the most colourful characters on the contemporary art scene, his work reflecting a disarming irreverence towards both artistic convention and social norms. With just one flourish of his brush, Hodgins brings colour and fantasy to the canvas – or any other material he may choose to express his individuality – and, in so doing, reveals an unexplored world of wit and whimsy peopled by a parade of colourful characters moulded by forms and notions that originate exclusively in the artist’s remarkable imagination.
This fine collection of critiques, essays and interviews by admirers, critics and collaborators, together with over 100 reproduced artworks, provide insight into Hodgins the man and Hodgins the artist and pays homage to the uniqueness of both the man and his work.
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