A Curious Commotion | About Artist Jeremy Hush

A Curious Commotion  |  About Artist Jeremy Hush

Jeremy Hush is a prolific artist who has been creating illustrations for the punk and heavy metal music scenes for many years. With his love for animals and attraction to storytelling, Hush’s work evinces a wonderful balance of masculine and feminine, his dark aesthetics setting off gentle linework and shading. His works are heavy with symbolism, but the meanings behind his symbols are personal. An extremely warm and generous man, he rarely shares such meanings with anyone.

Hush didn’t grow up anywhere; he grew up everywhere. Like so many military families, his parents moved every year, living on military bases across the United States. Old habits die hard and Hush still can’t sit still. He travels constantly, heavily entrenched in the world of heavy metal music, touring as crew with some of the music genre’s up and coming bands. Baroness, dubbed as one of the ‘nicest bands in metal’ by the LA Times, is his current gig.

Birthmarked

But while he is a fan of punk and metal, members of both scenes are fans of his.  Not too long ago, Hush became known in Savannah Georgia’s underground punk scene for his illustration work.  His spidery, mysterious and scratchy characters began to show up on albums, posters and flyers everywhere.  For 11 years he was involved with Slug and Lettuce, a newsprint punk zine currently coming into its 20th year of publication.  If you have been into the punk scene in the past 20 years, you’ve probably seen Hush’s work.

Cover design for US Christmas's "Run Thick in the Night" album

Hush became involved in all this while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design for sequential illustration (BFA 1997).  He found the education at SCAD to be lacking as many artists do, but was heavily inspired by his peers.   Hush’s most well-known cover to date is for metal band US Christmas’s Run Thick in the Night album, which is bringing him lots of new international attention.

Hush’s work is not what you would expect from metal and punk.  His style is reminiscent of the past and holds strong masculine and feminine characteristics.  I wasn’t surprised to learn that Hush is heavily influenced by Arthur Rackham and other 19th century illustrations.  The mysteries of nature and his fondness for animals also have a considerable amount of influence over the subjects of his art.  His spidery drawings are dark and mysterious, but, like Rackham’s drawings, evoke the fear, love and awe one might have for nature and her power.  One never knows what she’ll pull on you next, yet she is beautiful and sublime.

Hush largely uses found materials to create his works.  He prefers using ball point pens (many of which he’s found in hotels from around the world), and, while he uses traditional india ink and watercolor, he also experiments with a plethora of other media such as coffee, for example.  Also unique are his tools.  On his blog, he mentions that he fingerpaints a lot – he’s being jocular.  If you look closely at his technique you’ll find that he uses his fingerprints to shade.  The swirly patterns of his skin create a unique and expertly blended cross-hatch-like texture in the shadows of his art, adding a wonderful element of abstraction to his figures.

Detail of “Wake” showing finger print shading technique

Here I am writing all formal-like.  Breaking away from that, I’ll quote Out of Print Magazine about Hush’s work: “Jeremy Hush, this guy’s just gorgeously sick. His [work]… Well, remember that scene in Legend before Tom Cruise got all fucked in the head, when petals and dust are swimming in the air and it’s beautiful and peaceful and then suddenly everything turns to chaos and the angry hell boy destroys the unicorn, well… Yeah, they’re like that.”

Couldn’t have said it better!

The title for his upcoming solo exhibit, A Curious Commotion, refers to the mystery of what’s in store.  You can hear that something’s coming (a loud rustling in the trees or some indiscernible movement up ahead in your path), but you don’t know what or who it is, nor can you know if you are safe or in danger.

Please join us for the opening reception taking place at:
White Rabbit Lounge
145 East Houston (between Forsyth and Eldridge)
7-10pm

You don’t need to RSVP on our Facebook event page, but we’d appreciate it if you do.

The beautiful Mz. Margo who DJed for Buddy Nestor‘s exhibit back in July, will be back again along with a mystery video artist.

This will be a very special weekend for Anagnorisis Fine Arts as it will also be taking part in its first New York art fair.  It is teaming up with the Brooklyn Art Project on a booth at the inaugural Verge Brooklyn Art Fair taking place in DUMBO Brooklyn from March 3-6th.  Of course, we will have Hush’s work on the booth wall.

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