Hannah Barry Gallery: Henry Hudson 'Nothing Sticks to Nothing' (until 16th March 2019)
Amongst the dreamlike landscapes lie three portraits, very much in the same style. Hudson's mixed use of mundane or domestic materials alongside more traditional sources such as acrylic and oil paint give the works not only a deliciously textured appearance but a further narrative to the portraits. Curious titles featuring geographical coordinates add to this intrigue; the coordinates in my favourite piece lead to St Moritz, Switzerland, which again provides details on either the sitter or the artist; I would guess the sitter. The work, 'Via Alpina - 46°29'12.0"N 9°49'34.3"E', is of an old man who seems to embody real struggle; his eyes are barely open and the artist has embraced the painting's materiality to portray the subject with precision and a heavy dose of realism. Its outer layer, potentially the paraffin wax, smoothes over the surface as if evoking compromised senses, or cataracts.