The Figures Five Ways
8 April - 27 June 2010
Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, New York, USA

The Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents The Figure Five Ways, a figurative exhibition featuring five contemporary artists: Hugo Crosthwaite, Michael Ferris, Jr., Susan Jamison, Sophie Jodoin and Emily Metzguer.

In a series of large charcoal and graphite works on canvas that explore the immediacy and tactility of drawing, Crosthwaite breaks the white surface with images from a personal narrative that is anguished and intimate, but also bitterly ironic. Crosthwaite's life bordered two cities, and his work straddles the contemporary shine of San Diego and the gritty icon-laden world of Tijuana. Revisiting an adolescent impulse toward the grotesque, macabre, and the obscene, his drawings convey disillusionment, unspeakable urges, humor, and dark frustrations. Crosthwaite has had solo gallery exhibitions in Mexico and the U. S. including recent shows at Pierogi, Brooklyn; San Diego Museum of Art; Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery, San Diego; and the Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Ga., among others.

"Contemporary Artists Featured in New Schick Art Gallery Show - Five Artists Display Work at Schick"
- Melissa Cohn, Skidmore News, 16 April 2010

Hugo Crosthwaite | The Figure Five Ways
Bereft, 2008
graphite and charcoal on canvas
72 x 72 inches