Artwalk 2018 Location: Blair Furniture/Storkland, 2205 2nd Avenue North
Josh Hoggle is an American painter based in Birmingham, Alabama, whose work examines the human condition through figurative paintings. Each piece is an exploration of psychology, sexuality, and the counterculture of the Bible Belt region. Working primarily in portraits, his subjects are often androgynous, and their body language evokes anxiety and suspicion. The figures are often featured in an otherworldly, melancholic trance in which they are wholly absorbed by a banal task, or whose attention has been captured by an element outside of the frame, held fast in the subjects’ gaze. Drawing inspiration from the fleeting moments captured in photography, Hoggle’s meticulous study of the physical body and facial expression is apparent in his keen attention to detail. Equal consideration is given to all parts of the canvas, illustrating Hoggle’s dedication to every aspect of his craft and the subject he’s portraying. The background of each painting mirrors the mental state of the subject and serves as an aid to interpreting the emotionality of the work.