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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man. The apocalyptic vision of a last wave seems set to engulf unwitting figures in The Three Men who Rule the World. Age of Monitors gives us a little glimpse of a city’s rooftops, as if the viewer is checking for a means of escape.

The Three Men Who Rule the World
The Three Men Who Rule the World
Chicago Fever Dream
Chicago Fever Dream
Age of Monitors
Age of Monitors
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man
The Last Privilege of an Oil Man

But it’s not all dystopian neurosis. Though even the bucolic idyll of Figures on a Loch seems somehow imbued with a potential sense of loss; are the figures heading towards the waiting boat, or is it just about to drift away and abandon them? It is precisely the ambiguity of his work that fascinates the viewer. Kieren’s work is still on show at Jam in a Jar in Harringay’s Green Lanes.

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Jam in a Jar
599 Green Lanes
London
N8 0RE