Hugh Pryor Oxford based light artistAbout 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 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


Selected Exhibitions

Neither Use Nor Ornament  **CURRENT EXHIBITION** – Everyday objects transformed – 30th March – 28th April 2019
Still in Motion – Exhibition at The Old Fire Station – 31st October 2018 – 4th February 2019
Camaradas UK-Mexico Art
– performance art collaboration with Veronica Cordova de la Rosa, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green (2018)
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

‘Squash and Stretch’ Performance Art Festival fractal video installation, Oxford Brookes  (2018)
Bbyond Belfast – Performance art practice in Derry, Northern Ireland (2018)
Live Art and Performance Group – monthly workshops in collaboration with Veronica De la Rosa (2017-2018)
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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