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b. 1980, United States

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.

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shades of hope 2 by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloud shades of hope 2, 2023 Single use plastic mounted on panel
208.3 x 182.9 cm
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disclosed fluidity by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork painting
Hugo McCloud disclosed fluidity, 2023 Aluminium foil, aluminium coating, and oil paint on tar paper
189.9 x 278.8 x 7 cm (incl frame)
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Oct 14th 2023 by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Hugo McCloud Oct 14th 2023, 2023 Oil paint and single use plastic mounted on panel
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for your pleasure 3 by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloud for your pleasure 3, 2023 Single use plastic mounted on panel
218.1 x 155.6 x 5.7 cm
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against the tides by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Hugo McCloud against the tides, 2023 Aluminium foil, aluminium coating, and oil paint on tar paper
201.9 x 280.7 x 7.6 cm
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Sep 15 2023 by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Hugo McCloud Sep 15 2023, 2023 Oil paint and single use plastic mounted on panel
54.9 x 44.5 x 5.7 cm
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tide of consumption by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloud tide of consumption, 2023 Single use plastic mounted on panel
217.8 x 155.3 x 5.7 cm
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pull and push by Hugo McCloud contemporary artwork sculpture
Hugo McCloud pull and push, 2023 Single use plastic mounted on panel
182.9 x 274.3 cm
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