Mark Sheerin reviews the exhibition Hurvin Anderson: Reporting Back at IKON Gallery, Birmingham, on view through November 10 2013.
Sheerin writes: "Anderson might be a realist; or he might be an expressionist. He might even represent a new breed of realist expressionists. But colour is not the only way he lures the eye. He also loves grids, lines of perspective and any number of tricks that can draw you into the work or at times keep you out… Taking culturally resonant subjects, such as barbershops, beaches, and bars, Anderson seems most interested in their formal pictorial qualities. This is nowhere more apparent than his recent studies of lush foliage in which a dense canopy of leaves is overpainted with a grille such as might be found on any security conscious estate in Jamaica."