Two talented artists, two young promises.
Wandering through the bright-lit space and looking at both their finished and unfinished paintings, I also wondered what become of them in 15 or 20 years from now.
I was thinking about YBA artist Gavin Turk, also a RCA-gal. Turk’s graduation exhibition Cavey (1991) wasn’t deemed enough by his tutors, who consequently refused to present him with his postgraduate degree. Very funny, considering that this act bestowed some instant notoriety on Turk, whose work was later collected by numerous art dealers including Charles Saatchi and exhibited in the legendary YBA show Sensation.
David and Hugo’s practices are similar yet different. They both mainly deal with the medium of painting but also explore other artistic possibilities such as video (in the case of David) and performance (in the case of Hugo). Their canvases are pervaded by the painterly absence of human traces and dwell on the concept of visibility.
They got me right there – I was absolutely enthralled. This interview aims to shed some light on these two artists and on their own artsy worlds, contaminated with Marvel comics’ echoes and invisible characters.
Any young artist will find in this double interview some useful information about the study and the life in such prestigious school as the RCA and how it is to study there. Anyone will find the candour of their answers absolutely captivating.
If you are a young artist, what’s your dream art school? Did you find this interview useful?
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All pictures: courtesy of David and Hugo.