About Hugh – experimental photographic artist
I am an experimental photographic artist, using techniques for recording the passage of time and motion using digital slit scanning from video, lasers and naturally occurring slithers and slices.
These techniques record time in an unusual way that’s fascinating to explore, and appeals to my scientific and experimental approach to visual art.
I am inspired by his surroundings, exploring phenomena such as wind, trees, clouds, water and turbulence; human activities with traffic, pedestrians and the fair ground, life on the river.
I am a consummate experimenter – recently I’ve been making cyanotypes with a UV Laser to record caustics through water filled glasses. I turned a WWII pill box into a camera obscura with opticians lenses and blackout material (before being chased away by cows!). Discovering the joys of computerless fractal generation with a photocopier and video feedback, which intrigued many at the Psychedelic Circus. My badger excavated bottle collection from a pre-war rubbish dump have been converted to bayonet LED filament light bulbs which I am turning into a chandelier for the forthcoming ‘Director’s Cut’ exhibition.
I am currently working in collaboration with artist and dancer Naomi Morris exploring movement with the human figure as a paint brush using the lasers, ultraviolet fluorescence and surface textures.
I studied animation at The Surrey Institute in Farnham and continue to practice drawing and cartooning. My work has been shown both in the UK and internationally, and I am often commissioned as an artist for murals and posters. I attend weekly life drawing sessions.
Hugh Pryor 2017
Director’s Cut – bottle chandelier and selected figurative photographs, Ovada gallery (2017)
Posed – experimental life drawing exhibition, OVADA gallery (2017)
Uncovered – exhibition of life drawings, OVADA gallery, Oxford (2016).
St Giles Fair – slit scans, Quarter Horse Coffee Cowley Road, Oxford (2015)
Tralfamadorian Vision – slit scans, Oxford Artweeks at OVADA gallery (2014)
Take-out with ArtWash, Tsang’s Kitchen, Oxford (2009)
Slit Scans Tenderpixel Gallery, Soho, London (2008)
The City as a Canvas gps mapping – ESAD Matosinhos Oporto, Portugal (2008)
Selected GPS Drawings Oxford Artweeks (2007)
Drawing with Satellites FNAC Oporto, Portugal (2007)
Triptych Map with Sure Start, Tate Britain, London with Lake Associates (2006)
FreQut ICA Theatre, Westminster Wireless Festival, London (2006)
Geograms <TAG> gallery, The Hague, Netherlands (2006)
Randonnée SONAR Advanced Music and Multimedia Art, Barcelona (2005)
Drawing on Oxford workshop display, Museum of Oxford & Modern Art Oxford (2004)
Common Place Landform Ueda workhop at The Lighthouse, Glasgow (2003)
Holding the Line Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery Reno, Nevada (2002)
The Big Draw Modern Art Oxford (2002)
Bathos Space Station 65 Dulwich, London. Dog Drawings (2002)
Taking a Line for a Walk X-Change gallery, Oxford (2002)
Workshops / Installations
‘Re Cycle’ – Bicycle installation for the Oxford Big Green Day Out with Roger Perkins (2017)
Slit scans and Chronochromagraphy – OVADA, Director’s Cut exhibition (2017)
Psychedelic Circus – fractal projections and laser shadow wall The Cellar, Oxford (2016)
VIDEOVADA – interactive fractal projections, OVADA gallery (2016)
Light Drawing workshop – OVADA gallery (2015)
Paper folding workshop with Oxford Hack Space, OVADA gallery (2013)
Oxford Hackspace Schlieren Photography with Tim Stephens OVADA gallery (2014)
Stammtisch – Halloween pumpkin chandelier, OVADA gallery (2013 and 2014)
Blogging from Mobiles – with Kay sentence (2008)
University of Oporto on Matosinhos Beach and Reitoria with the University of Austin, Texas (2007)
FreqOUT! Churchill Gardens Youth Club on Battersea Park for Westminster Council (2006)
Drawing Oxford on Oxford Modern Art Oxford (2004)
GPS Drawing workshops at the following schools (2002-2003): King’s Park Primary School Edinburgh, Chichester High School West Sussex, Montem Junior School Slough.
Drawing on Oxfordshire – Part of “The Big Draw” at the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock (2003) with 5 schools around Oxfordshire.
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