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Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges (b. 1965, Compton, CA) is a 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, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France; and the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, among others.

Born 1965 in Compton, California

Lives and works in Lewiston, Maine

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine, Hawkeye

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

The Warehouse, Dallas, Out of Body, Out of Mind

LACMA, Los Angeles, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined 

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, North Atlantic Triennial

2021-22

Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, In Resonance with David Byrd

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, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Blanton Museum of art, Austin, Texas
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

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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