Reggie Burrows Hodges, Community Concern (2020). Courtesy Karma.
After showing some beautiful works on paper at the online version of Art Basel Miami Beach in December, a solo show of paintings opens in New York today, complete with a fully illustrated catalogue including a text by the great Hilton Als.
Hodges begins his paintings with a black ground. Acrylic and pastel are then added over the top in scumbled warm tones, blocks of vivid colour, and sharply drawn lines.
The faces are often left as outlined forms, as are the often bare legs or arms, transforming them into silhouettes magnificently set against a richly colourful palette. In Community Concern (2020), Hodges' masterful use of colour creates a deeply atmospheric and timeless image of a dancing figure.
Born in Compton, California in 1965, Hodges now lives and works in Maine.