Elliott Hundley’s singular artworks achieve extraordinary material density through a stunning combination of elements. The selection of works on paper presented here display an accumulation of marks made from layers of oil, oil stick, ink, and graphite, which expand outwardly from dense centers to wildly loose and colorful peripheries. Collaged elements adorn willfully freeform lines and impulsive swaths, smears, and erasures that recall the work of Modernist forebears like Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning. Pulling from and expanding upon the history of automatic drawing, Hundley grounds these works in his own distinctive history and style, alchemizing chaos into an intricate and harmonious constellation of new meaning that pulses with the artist’s profoundly personal sensibility.
Elliott Hundley (b. 1975, Greensboro, NC) received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005.
Hundley has been included in numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad. In October 2021 he will participate in the 5th Prospect New Orleans triennial, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions including The Bacchae, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2011); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2012); and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006). Work by the artist has been included in group shows at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (2020); the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017–2018); The Broad, Los Angeles (2018–2019); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2016; 2017–2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2015); Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2015); and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006); among others.
In addition to his artistic practice, Hundley has curated exhibitions including the inaugural edition of Open House (2019), a group presentation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles featuring works drawn from the institution’s permanent collection, and Make-Shift-Future, an exhibition featuring sculptures by eight emergent American artists, currently on view at Regen Projects through May 22.
He received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.
Work by the artist is held in prominent museum collections including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Vancouver Art Gallery; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among others.
He lives and works in Los Angeles.