Writing

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In the studio 2022 Photo: John Hershey for the Synesthesia Project

‘Like a matryoshka doll, artist Delpha Hudson’s paintings are composed of layers. Hudson rethinks the distant past, creating a new symbolic medievalism that she describes as a ‘productive disorientation of old narratives.’ Hudson’s historical research has shaped her current revisionist perspective. When asked what she has learned from studying previous eras, she explains that, ‘what I have realised is that the past constantly changes – we write and rewrite it based on where we are now’….

Continue reading Moriah Ogunbiyi’s text ‘The Re-imagination of Female Narratives’


Remember when life was so simple, oil & mixed media on canvas, 70x 60x4cm, 2022

Martin Holman on Delpha’s work, 2019

‘Recent paintings are distinctive for the hive of detailed making on which the final surface rests. Process extends from the intricacy of drawing to the complexity of composition and on toward the application of colour. Executed on a canvas support, Hudson has adopted bitumen as a medium, dripping a viscous trail onto the primed surface. Even more so than oil paint, bitumen is a tricky, dirty material’ …Read more

Ekphrasis = a vivid, dramatic written version of an art work.

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The profound inability to think in female terms, watercolour, 30x42cm, 2020

Rene Crouch’s ekphratic writing about this painting:

How many bones?

How many axes?

foregoing clothes

To make, and clothe,

Our children?

Her hand mirrors

Her story

Rich with soil-graft and

The wet-milk-toil for her young kin,

waxing lines of hardened skin,

In the rope-grip,

The intelligence of the fingers

That foresee the tumbling of a toddler

The breaking of a clay cup

The missed latching of a gate

And cattle spread up on the hill.

And the peace-keeper

Willing her sisters not to fight

But to share the scraps

If they can.

They share ant-hills, dry earth,

Bare feet they can still read

Each other

In their nakedness.

They dance,

Following a deep rhythm they don’t try to understand.

Writing is integral to the production of paintings. I often think of them as ‘visual texts‘.

‘I love bizarre multi-layered imagery in painting and attach my own meanings, imaginings and associations. Yet whilst I question my own (and others) need to label, describe and tell their intentions, I write to discover my own intent; to discover ways of reaching new audiences in the hope that we make cultural and societal change together’.

Delpha Hudson 2021

Click on an image to read some of Delpha’s research and writing:

contemporary figurative painting
Creatures that tip the scales in our favour, acrylic on canvas, 210x170cm, 2023

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Delpha creating Roses and other phantoms, a large historical-contemporary frieze at Porthmeor Studios 2022. Image by Pete knight

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The sixth sense of understanding, acrylic on canvas, 200x180cm, 2021

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Sleepless Nights, Complicated Days, mixed media on canvas, 80x100x4cm, 2020

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Babble tower-the life raft of language, 80x 100x4cm, 2020

painting of pregnant woman colourful
It’s not what you think, mixed media on canvas, framed, 35x24x4cm, 2016

example of monochrome painting for sale
SHE-HER, bitumen & gesso on canvas, 60x50x4cm, 2011

Our feathered friends, watercolour & ink on paper,42x30cm, 2022

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