Hurvin Anderson and Duro Olowu: In Conversation

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    Photo by Sebastian Nevols, Courtesy of Hurvin Anderson Studio

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    Photo by UZOAMAKA MADUKA © Courtesy of Duro Olowu Studio

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This event was on Thur 26 May, 7pm

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Join us for an intimate evening with the artist and painter Hurvin Anderson, in conversation with fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu, as they discuss their inspirations and their collaborations over the years, alongside Hurvin’s selections from the Christen Sveaas Art Foundation.

About Hurvin Anderson

Hurvin Anderson (b.1965, Birmingham) lives and works between London and Cambridgeshire. His paintings explore spaces occupied by Caribbean immigrants, such as public parks, gardens, barbershops and domestic interiors, which function as sites for both social gathering and economic enterprise. These settings represent the artist’s personal and cultural memories of functional spaces and shared experiences of the Caribbean. Born in Birmingham, United Kingdom, to parents of Jamaican descent, Anderson studied at the Wimbledon School of Art followed by the Royal College of Art, where he explored the relevance of figuration in a world dominated by abstraction and Conceptual art. Since then, he has pursued both landscape and abstract painting, exploring his own relationships to place by recalling social history and memory.

Anderson has exhibited at the Arts Club, Chicago (2021), Thomas Dane Gallery, London (2021); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016); Nottingham Arts Centre, Nottingham (2016); Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2015); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2013); Tate Modern London (2009); and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009). He has participated in group exhibitions at, among others, the Tate Britain (2021); Perez Art Museum, Miami (2015); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2013); David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen (2011); and Saatchi Gallery, London (2010). He is currently participating in British Art Show 9 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2017.

About Duro Olowu

Duro Olowu (b. 1965, Lagos, Nigeria) lives and works in London.

The Nigerian British designer is internationally renowned for his womenswear label launched in 2004 and shown twice a year at London Fashion Week. Characterized by unique fabrics, evocative patterns, original juxtapositions and impeccable construction, Olowu’s work is informed by his international background and cosmopolitan curatorial eye. In 2005, he was awarded New Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and pieces of his work feature in various institutional collections. Olowu has also curated critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions including “Making and Unmaking” in 2016 at Camden Arts Centre in London and “Duro Olowu:Seeing Chicago“  at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2020.

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