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Environmental Change: The Art of Jude Hotchkiss

A bright abstract painting with white and pink brush marksWrong Way, acrylic and spray on canvas

Jude Hotchkiss works primarily in paint, building abstract works that focus on the texture and materiality of the medium, and on evoking emotional reactions in the viewer. Jude’s recent works address the current climate of rapid socio-political and environmental change.

A painting with large overlapping brush marksThe Edge, acrylic and spray on canvas


I love the way Jude’s fluid brush marks look like waves crashing against some alien shore, marking a tempestuous relationship between painter, paint, and substrate. There’s a strong sense of movement in these works, and looking at them the viewer feels almost overwhelmed -- as though one’s view through a window is being rapidly obscured by a sea of wildly colourful brush marks.

A screen capture of Jude Hotchkiss' art portfolio


The artist’s previous works have also looked at themes of mass change and upheaval -- sometimes from the perspective of weather or other environmental factors. The paintings are always abstract, and in working this way Jude allows for the viewer space to form their own interpretations and project their own experiences with change.

An abstract painting with brush marks in subdued coloursNo Return, acrylic and spray on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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