Hush is an artist who has made a name for himself with his diverse yet refined style working across graffiti, painting, collage and drawing. Heavily influenced by the traditions of Japanese culture and the aesthetics of street art, Hush is making waves in the urban art world. Hush has reimagined the portrait genre, ridding it of all its traditions and made it speak for itself. Working on both indoor and outdoor pieces, in small and large scale, Hush’s dynamic approach cements his position as one of the most exciting artists of today, working without boundaries.
Formally trained for five years at the Newcastle school of art and design, HUSH took to painting after years spent working as an art director in the Far East. His work translates directly from street to gallery; recent sold-out shows include Fatales at Lazarides, London, Unseen at Corey Helford, Los Angeles and Sirens at Metro, Melbourne. His collaborations include a range with luxury watch brand Hublot and he was featured in The Independent newspaper’s 2008 list of “Twenty Up and Coming Artists.”
Hush’s unique style, recognizable through its focus on the female form set within backgrounds filled with an expressionist’s freedom of layering and color. The serene balance of traditional painting is combined with a messier passion, influenced by Western traditions of action painting and graffiti, culminating in a harmony that feels surprisingly natural.
The artist’s mark-making bears the distinct aesthetic of tagging, bringing the rough texture of street art into each piece. Swift gestural marks underlie splashes of paint, looping through lines and over bright combinations of color. With an in-depth technique that includes painting, screen printing and spray-painting, Hush creates work that instantly draws the eye in and holds the viewer’s focus. Patterns ranging from geometric repetition to florals that conjure up images of royal tapestries and delicately decorated vases are not solely confined to the background but often take shape, forming graceful fabrics. In some works these shapes appear solidly, while in others the central figures are only lightly delineated from the waves of pattern, body and background blending, as if they are sinking into the colorful composition itself.
HUSH has exhibited extensively across the globe for the past 15 years, including galleries in Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, London, Basel, San Francisco, Paris and Berlin.