James Hugonin is a painter from Barnard Castle, County Durham UK.
James Hugonin makes paintings composed of marks of close toned colour with an underlying grid, each mark shifting slightly from it’s neighbour and building to a rhythmic whole. These are deeply subtle paintings with an understated clarity: quietly musical and filled with a kind of contained light that relates keenly to the place in which they are made. There is a slow and deliberate colour notation that forms an integral part of the making of each work. As Michael Harrison (Former Director of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge) observed, “the paintings carry with them that pace, that slowness, that sense of time. They ask us to slow down, and to look, and to settle as we would listen to a piece of music, allowing time to take effect – to acknowledge that, for all their quietness and stillness, our relationship to them is one of continual change”.