b. 1980, USA

Hugo McCloud Biography

Born in Palo Alto California in 1980, Hugo McCloud is one of the most prolific young artists working today. Self-taught with a background in industrial design, McCloud's practice is unrestricted by classical, academic tenets. Drawing inspiration from the rawness and decay of the urban landscape, McCloud creates rich, large-scale abstract paintings and sculptural objects by fusing unconventional industrial materials—tar, bitumen, aluminium sheeting and oxidised steel plates—with traditional pigment and woodblock printing techniques. His approach is instinctive and physical, often working on the floor, sanding, hammering and torching his materials until a total metamorphosis takes place. Driven by an enduring desire to uncover beauty in the overlooked and abandoned, McCloud's work pushes the boundaries of utilitarian materials and confronts aesthetic perceptions.

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Sean Kelly presented McCloud's work in the gallery's 2014 summer group exhibition, From Pre-History to Post-Everything, and in the gallery's presentation at the 13th edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Hugo McCloud lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Text courtesy Sean Kelly.

Hugo McCloud Featured Artworks

scaled vision by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork painting
Hugo McCloudscaled vision, 2018Patina, oil stick, solder on solid bronze sheet, mounted on aluminium frame
254 x 248.9 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
stacked against the odds by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloudstacked against the odds, 2021Single use plastic mounted on panel
177.8 x 152.4 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
To be titled by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloudTo be titled, 2013Aluminium foil, aluminium coating and oil on tar paper, mounted on wood
213.4 x 161.3 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
untitled #11 by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McClouduntitled #11, 2018Plastic merchandise bags mounted on panel
53.3 x 43.2 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
untitled #9 by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McClouduntitled #9, 2018Plastic merchandise bags mounted on panel
53.3 x 43.2 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
untitled by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork painting
Hugo McClouduntitled, 2018Patina, oil stick, solder on solid bronze sheet, mounted on aluminum frame
254 x 248.9 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery
pedro's rice by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloudpedro's rice, 2016Used polyethylene sacks mounted to panel
194.3 x 212.7 cm
Sean Kelly Contact Gallery

Hugo McCloud Recent Exhibitions

Hugo McCloud Represented By

Sean Kelly contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Sean Kelly New York, Taipei

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