Introduction by Sean Hillen
Text by Roger Hudson
“The book covers his creations over the eighties, nineties, noughties and beyond of his very individual style, using cutting, tearing and templates to build a body of work that, as well as powerful images, comments, directly and indirectly on the changing society of the times he has lived through. Alongside the images, his writing skills tell this fascinating story supplemented by relevant poems and examples of the templates he has used.”
– from the Visual Artists Ireland website
About the Artist:
Roger Hudson did Art at A-level at school and continued painting at college and after for a time. He discovered photomontage only when doing an evening class as a way to get back into art after a long break. “I got hooked by the range of creative possibilities achievable just by cutting up pages from colour magazines into new shapes and assembling them into fresh images and concepts using a technique of cardboard templates. They come out like essays, statements, narratives and poems exploring my attitudes to aspects of modern life in multi-coloured, multi-layered images within images within images.”
His photomontages have featured in three solo exhibitions in Dublin and group shows in London, Dublin and Drogheda. The previous paintings appeared in Open exhibitions in London.
About the Author:
Born in 1961 in Newry, N.Ireland., Hillen lives and works in Dublin. He studied at Belfast College of Art, the London College of Printing and at the Slade School. An artist whose work has both popular and intellectual appeal, Hillen first gained notice in the U.K. with his early photo-montage works from the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ era which have since become widely studied.
His original photographs have recently been acquired as a Permanent Collection by the National Library of Ireland Photographic Archive, and published as a book by The History Press in Ireland and in 2014 in the U.S.
He has also executed commissions and collaborations including stage design, advertisements, title graphics and permanent sculptures for Citi Group and Dublin City Council.
He co-designed, with landscape architect Desmond Fitzgerald, the Omagh Bomb Memorial unveiled in August 2008.
His work is in many private and public collections, and he has won several awards and prizes including a major bursary in 2015. He given a number of lectures and appeared on a number of panels.
About the Publisher:
Greenhills Press is located in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.