This unique film follows the British abstract painter James Hugonin as he creates 'Untitled (XVIII)', the final work in a series of eighteen paintings, each of which have taken the artist a year to complete.
For the last thirty years Hugonin has employed his now familiar language of tiny rectangular marks, applied in their thousands, colour by colour, within a grid onto a gessoed ground. Each work is painted over many months and evolves gradually from the last with increasingly complex and surprising results.
They are unlike any other paintings being made in the world today: owing something perhaps to Seurat’s pointillism or the early works of Agnes Martin, but with an optical charge that is entirely individual and an internally generated sense of pace that invites the eye gently into and across the surface of the painting.
This film investigate Hugonin's very personal approach to abstract painting and reveals some of his painstaking working methods. It also includes an interview with Chris Yetton who has written comprehensively about Hugonin's work.
James Hugonin is represented by Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (inglebygallery.com)
This film was produced by Shadowcat Films and is available to purchase through their website (shadowcatfilms.com).