Hugo Wilson, ‘Hunt V’, 2016, Pratt Contemporary

One of nine etchings; the first twelve sets from the edition of twenty-five are presented in portfolio boxes with etched title sheet and colophon.

The nine images in this series are closely related to a recent collection of paintings by Hugo Wilson which portray the most primal of all rituals, the hunt. Hunting scenes were popular with wealthy collectors in the 17th and 18th centuries; they represented a kind of ‘trophyism’ and a way of displaying mastery over nature. These images of writhing, snarling forms, some recognisable, others indistinct, portray immense animal strength - but the hunter remains unseen.

Series: From a portfolio of nine, this print is also available individually.

Signature: Signed, titled and numbered.

Publisher: Pratt Contemporary

About Hugo Wilson

Hugo Wilson’s work spans multiple mediums, but is united by its interest in methods of categorization and creating archives. As Wilson explains, “I was always interested in what made things tick and what was governing things, sort of natural law.” His practice is based primarily in creating series of paintings and drawings, though he has also made installations and a series of sculptures cast from corroded hearts and lungs. Most often, his subjects are animals both extant and extinct, and human artifacts. One of his better-known series, “32 drawings” (2011-2012), presents depictions of 32 objects associated with faith and superstition throughout human history, isolated on white backgrounds. Wilson employed a detailed, realistic style that was in part inspired by 18th- and 19th-century pastorals and portraiture.

British, b. 1982, England, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom