Donna Huddleston


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Year 2019
Medium Caran D'Ache on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Top pick Martin Clark, Director, Camden Arts Centre

About the work

A study of birds and colour.

About the artist:

Born 1970 Belfast, Donna Huddleston lives and works in London. Graduated from the National Art School, Sydney (1994); and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (1997).

Huddleston’s work draws on a range of influences that span the worlds of film, theatre, literature, design and the visual arts. Collapsing the boundaries between life and theatre, Huddleston’s drawings marry ritualistic narrative with an unpretentious medium. Her dramatic tableaux and cryptic pencil studies combine the austerity of technical drawing with a tonally resonant palette. Her media includes Caran d’ache colour pencil, metal-point, watercolour and graphite. The evocation of memory through texture is the formalist ambition of Huddleston’s works on paper.

Her alternately stark and theatrical compositions include objects made in various media that combine sculptural presence with functionality and set design.

Huddleston’s works are held in public and private collections including British Arts Council, London; EMMA, Finland; USB Collection Netherlands; and TIA Collection USA.

Selected solo exhibitions include Simon Lee Gallery, London (2022); The Exhausted Student, Drawing Room, London (2019); Transitional Drawing, Charles Asprey, London (2019); Witch Dance, performance and exhibition, Drawing Room, London (2013); Witch Dance, Mural commission, Sadlers’ Wells (2012); Smoke Garden, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2011); Golden Hands, Curated by Tom Morton, Hayward Gallery, London (2008); and Summer House, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2006). Selected group exhibitions include Showroom, Provinz Editionen, Bochum (2021); Viva la Fiesta, French Riviera, London (2020); Viva Ultra, Mackintosh Lane, London (2019); Out of This World, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (2019); Show Window, Kate Macgarry Gallery, London (2016); Making and Unmaking, Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); Interstellar, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin (2015); One Day something happens, Arts Council Collection, Leeds Art Gallery and touring (2015); A rehearsal, Waterside Contemporary, London (2013); In the Belly of the Whale (Act III.), Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2012); and Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring (2010 – 2011).

Awards include Paul Hamlyn Award (2020); shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2010); and shortlisted for the inaugural Maxmara Women’s Prize (2005).

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