Hugo McCloud, ‘Untitled’, 2015, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015
Hugo McCloud, ‘Untitled’, 2015, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015

In fiery, complex works, McCloud uses elements of traditional printing stamps to beautify otherwise abandoned industrial scraps. Unaesthetic at first glance, the material is repurposed to create unique, large-scale textural objects. The artist has shown at Luce Gallery, Italy, and has been in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, and Art Basel Miami Beach with NʼNamdi Contemporary Miami.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

About Hugo McCloud

The New York-based artist Hugo McCloud is known for large-scale paintings in which he explores generally unaccepted notions of beauty. McCloud uses derelict construction materials, including common roofing metal, as canvases. Fusing together damaged, unaesthetic scraps of copper, oxidized steel plates, and heated black tar, McCloud then stamps the roofing metal with floral prints covered in heated pigment. The artist draws inspiration from images on Instagram, which he is “drawn to either because of the composition or colors or subject matter.” The resulting objects are textural creations that speak to McCloud’s background in industrial design.

American, b. 1980, Palo Alto, CA, United States, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States

Solo Shows

2015
Fondazione 107,, 
Turin, Italy,
Timeline
2014
Luce Gallery, 
Turin, Italy,
Hugo McCloud: Muted Noise
2014
Vladimir Restoin, 
Roitfeld, New York,
Hugo McCloud: Put in Place
2014
New York, NY, United States,
Hugo McCloud: Palindrome

Group Shows

2017
David Klein Gallery, 
Detroit, MI, United States,
On The Road: American Abstraction,
2017
Luce Gallery, 
Turin, Italy,
No Evidence of Sign,
2015
ARNDT Singapore Gallery, 
Singapore,
I Know You Got Soul
2014
Fondazione 107, 
Turin, Italy,
De Generation Of Painting
2014
New York, NY, United States,
From Pre-History to Post-Everything
2012
Art Basel Miami, 
Miami, FL, United States,
N’Namdi Contemporary Gallery
2012
Meulensteen Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Young Curators New Ideas IV, Beautiful Refuse: Materiality
2012
ArtNowNY, 
New York, NY, United States,
Ryan Keeley and Hugo McCloud: From the mind of Mateo Mize
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