Gerard Hemsworth is currently presenting his first solo museum exhibition in the United States titled Hidden Agenda. The London-based artist will have fifteen new works on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut through January 2010. On the surface, Hemsworth’s painting seem playful, innocent, and rather benign, but over several decades the artist has built a visual vocabulary which allows him to questions elements of art production that range from modernist painting to storybook illustrations. The flat, graphic and reductive works indeed have a hidden agenda, seducing viewers through simplicity while opening a dialogue about high art and cultural values. The absurdity of Hemsworth’s images coupled with the familiarity of the artist’s chosen style beckon the viewer to question the meaning of other related imagery in both art history and contemporary society.
Gerard Hemsworth lives and works in London, where he is the Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London. The artist has completed recent solo exhibitions with Galeria Luis Serpa Projectos in Lisbon and Galeria Brito Cimino in Sao Paulo.