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Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges (b. 1965, Compton, CA) is a Maine-based painter whose works explore storytelling and visual metaphor. Hodges’ works uncover universal subjects such as identity, community, truth, and memory, and often draw inspiration from his childhood in Compton. Starting from a black ground, he develops the scene around his figures with painterly, foggy brushwork, playing with how perception is affected when the descriptive focus is placed not on human agents but on their surroundings. Figures materialize in recessive space, stripped of physical identifiers. Bodies are described by their painted context, highlighting Hodges’ embrace of tenuous ambiguities and his close observation of the relationship between humans and their surroundings. Their quiet haziness, developed with the soft touch of Hodges’ hand, probes the imprecision of memory and examines the possibility that we are all products of our environment. Hodges studied theatre and film at the University of Kansas.

His work is held in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR; Nasher Museum of Art, NC; The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, among others.

Hodges is a 2020 recipient of the annual Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. As the 2019 recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Hodges will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine in 2022.

Born 1965 in Compton, California

Lives and works in Lewiston, Maine

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine (forthcoming)

2021

Karma, New York

2020

Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Precision, Wagering and Melody

The Press Hotel, Portland, Maine, Intersection of Color

2019

Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Black Ground

Interloc Projects, Rockland, Maine, Spot

2018

Gallery at 46 Lisbon, Lewiston, Maine, Public Safety

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, North Atlantic Triennial (forthcoming)

2021

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Black American Portraits

Karma, New York, Get Lifted!, organized by Hilton Als

70 Main Street, Maine, Moons and Angels 

Cove Street Arts, Portland, Maine, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation: Fellows and Residents

FLAG Art Foundation, New York, and I will wear you in my heart of heart

2020

Sistered, Portland, In the Clear with Jordan Seaberry

Karma, New York, (Nothing but) Flowers

UNE Art Gallery, Portland Campus, The House of the Soul

2019

ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, MECA Collect

Creative Portland, Portland, Maine, Immersion

Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, Portland, Maine

2018

Creative Portland, Portland, Maine, (Almost) Black & White

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, California
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Portland Museum of Art, Maine
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

RESIDENCIES

2019

Pace House Residency, Stonington, Maine

Monson Arts Residency, Monson, Maine

Ellis-Beuregard Foundation, Rockland, Maine

AWARDS

2021

The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Jacob Lawrence Award in Art

2020

Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant

2019

Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts

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