July 22 - 24, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, July 22 from 7 to 10pm
820 SE Alder St, Portland OR
When something brilliant, beautiful, or universally helpful is created, the challenge of conveying its importance to a wide enough audience can be more challenging than the act of creation itself. Modern society has suffered such a dumbing down of useful content into memetically viable portions that the original intentions are often diluted or even shifted completely into someone else’s agenda.
About the artist
Hugh Newell questions the relationship between reality and the words we use to convey it. Using space and objects to create humorously poignant explorations of pop culture to envelope the audience.
Bringing a high-energy blend of historical and futuristic elements, his work combines highly developed renderings with an unapologetic, lowbrow humor, through which he creates unique worlds inhabited by doe-eyed beauties, surreal weaponry, and outlandish situations.
In addition to producing fine art and illustration, he has written and directed two movies: The Caterpillar Acid and Days of Fury.
He holds a BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.