• Jodi Hugo

    Jodi Hugo
    • Artist Statement
      • When I see something, and feel for it, I have a need to portray it. To show it. It is meditative, a way of focussing on the uniqueness of the subject. Observing every moment, shape, movement and then somehow interpreting it and showing what I have experienced. This is an amazing experience and this is what humans do.

        Everything is delicate. Life is delicate and seems to be so rare in the universe. The intricacy and complexity is incredible and all we can truly do is observe it and try to tell our own version of the story. Humans can do this and this is special.
        As an artist, I try to observe, interpret and show without intentionally changing the subject matter. Yet it always changes and is never the same. The artist always leaves something behind. The filter we look through distorts no matter how close we look and we leave a little bit of ourselves, an imprint, to communicate with. This is the individual and this is our connection.

        I try to show the individual whether it is a creature or an object and I want them to have a life of their own. To feel tactile and carry emotion. This is what I hope to share.
    • Biography
      • B.A Fine Arts (University of Stellenbosch)

        Group Exhibition:

        2016

        Life.Body.Time at StateoftheART Gallery, Cape Town
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        There is still a deep need for understanding our different cultural origins and our historic place in South Africa. This is reflected in many South African artists’ work. I find this very interesting since it gives us amazing insight into the social climate of our people.
        My favourite South African artists are Willie Bester, Marlene Dumas and William Kentridge. They always inspire me. The work of artists Susanne du Toit and Jaco van Schalkwyk  have come to my attention recently and I find their work very inspiring and striking.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        I will always find Irma Stern’s work fascinating and inspiring. From a young age I have seen and admired her work. She was a renowned female artist; and this fact made a big impression on me. Her work seems to capture the stories of her subjects whether you are looking at a portrait or still life. Her paintings carry so much emotion and vibrancy. I do however also want to tip my hat to Robert Hodgins who’s work I also find incredibly intriguing and who had great influence on my earlier work (and thus, it must still have today). His work speaks to one’s psyche in a different way. You can’t look away from his paintings, they make you uneasy and yet one feels drawn into them.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        The exhibition that had an enormous impact on me was in the National Gallery in London. I had the privilege of going overseas for the first time some years ago. This was also the first time I would see some of the works I had been gazing at in glossy coffee table books and studying in Art History all my life. Seeing all my heroes’ work in reality was absolutely incredible. I was star struck and so emotional.  Strangely, I had been so afraid to see it. I was afraid that it would overwhelm me so much that I would never want to pick a brush up again. But it had the opposite effect. It made me want to create even more. This experience was one of the most inspiring I have ever had. I have seen so many inspiring exhibitions since then. Yet this was a moment in my life that spoke so deeply and unexpectedly to me that it has been seared into my mind forever.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        Inspiration is a strange thing. It can pop up and bud from the strangest sources. Sometimes it will be from a scientific article or sometimes from a film or another artist’s work. Sometimes it comes from an interesting conversation. In fact it often does. Mostly, for me, it comes from working. Every time I work on something it fuels a new idea, especially if I have struggled with something.
        I also find inspiration in my surroundings and in the people I have contact with. Biology and Ecology have always been fields from which much of my inspiration is drawn. Fynbos and our local indigenous fauna and flora inform my work.  I have so much curiosity about the world around me and how we interpret it. How we see it. People who do what they love and work creatively inspire me, no matter what the field is. My small daughter has been one of the most inspirational and motivational people to me. She has helped me to see myself and life through new eyes.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?

        Often I will take a long hot bath and work through ideas in my mind. I will visualize and play with different perspectives and themes and just meditate on it. Before I start working I always make myself a pot of strong tea.  Then I sit down and begin playing with the paint.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        Art is the practice in which my mind finds peace, struggle, intrigue. It feels like something I both ‘get’ and never quite will. It is the way in which I communicate what I think about the world and how I see things. I love the fact that I can be free to express myself as an artist and reach people in this way. I love that it is something that takes a lot of discipline and yet give you wings. Being an artist is something one is and will always be, it is not something you retire from.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        These are the days in which I rely on discipline. I sit down and doodle or write or draw anything until something starts to flow from it. Sometimes nothing does. Then I take a break and do something completely different for a while and try again later.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        I would say my greatest achievement up to date is actually being an artist. Doing it no matter what. It is a challenging career path and I have been distracted and afraid of pursuing it for many years after studying. I have grown and let go of so many things. Now I am ready. It is liberating.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

        Yes. I want to inspire people to be creative. Life can be so rushed. Sometimes people miss the intricacies around them and I would like to help people find inspiration and wonder in their immediate surroundings. Just to spend a moment gazing and feeling. I don’t have any grand motives or plans to change the world on my own. But I do want to be part of the story told.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        My plans are to work hard and to build a body of work for an exhibition. I am finally starting my career as an artist after working in different fields for many years and having had a baby two years ago. I am excited to see where my career and life will lead me.




  • Figments Of Memory - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Figments Of Memory
    Painting / 89 x 126 cm
    R21 000
  • Rest - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Rest
    Painting / 121 x 91 cm
    R20 000
  • That's How The Light Gets In - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    That's How The Light Gets In
    Painting / 25 x 36 cm
    R5 700
  • Stillness - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Stillness
    Painting / 30 x 40 cm
    R7 700
  • Bundle - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Bundle
    Painting / 91 x 122 cm
    R20 520
  • Landing - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Landing
    Painting / 61 x 122 cm
    R18 240
  • Familiar - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Familiar
    Painting / 91 x 122 cm
    R20 520
  • Folds - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Folds
    Painting / 21 x 30 cm
    R4 000
  • Passage - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Passage
    Painting / 62 x 76 cm
    R15 500
  • Dwelling - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Dwelling
    Painting / 61 x 76 cm
    R15 500
  • Backdrop - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Backdrop
    Painting / 31 x 41 cm
    R5 250
  • Perching - Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Perching
    Painting / 60 x 85 cm
    R15 500
  • Other Thoughts - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Other Thoughts
    Mixed Media Painting / 51 x 112 cm
    R15 500
  • The King Protea - Acrylic Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    The King Protea
    Acrylic Painting / 16 x 16 cm
    R950
  • The Blushing Bride - Acrylic Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    The Blushing Bride
    Acrylic Painting / 26 x 20 cm
    R1 540
  • Pincushion I - Acrylic Painting by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Pincushion I
    Acrylic Painting / 15 x 15 cm
    R950
  • Loss - Sculpture by Jodi Hugo JODI HUGO
    Loss
    Sculpture / 12 x 25 cm
    R20 520
  • Swept Away - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Swept Away
    Painting / 120 x 150 cm
  • The First Step - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    The First Step
    Painting / 120 x 150 cm
  • Lightheaded - Nude Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Lightheaded
    Nude Painting / 120 x 150 cm
  • Return - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Return
    Painting / 51 x 102 cm
  • Spinning - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Spinning
    Painting / 51 x 102 cm
  • Island - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Island
    Painting / 91 x 122 cm
  • Safety Net - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Safety Net
    Painting / 122 x 152 cm
  • Veil - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Veil
    Painting / 51 x 77 cm
  • Unfolding - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Unfolding
    Mixed Media Painting / 31 x 61 cm
  • Serene - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Serene
    Painting / 31 x 61 cm
  • The Corner - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    The Corner
    Mixed Media Painting / 84 x 120 cm
  • This Space - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    This Space
    Mixed Media Painting / 51 x 120 cm
  • Have A Seat While I Take To The Sky - Large Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Have A Seat While I Take To The Sky
    Large Mixed Media Painting / 90 x 140 cm
  • Reaching - Large Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Reaching
    Large Mixed Media Painting / 95 x 140 cm
  • Inward - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Inward
    Mixed Media Painting / 20 x 25 cm
  • Chameleon - Acrylic Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Chameleon
    Acrylic Painting / 21 x 21 cm
  • Open - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Open
    Mixed Media Painting / 20 x 25 cm
  • Sanctuary - Mixed Media by Jodi Hugo
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    Sanctuary
    Mixed Media / 20 x 25 cm
  • Moment - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Moment
    Mixed Media Painting / 26 x 35 cm
  • Vulnerable - Mixed Media Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Vulnerable
    Mixed Media Painting / 19 x 28 cm
  • Pincushion II - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Pincushion II
    Painting / 15 x 15 cm
  • The Pomegranate Summer - Acrylic Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    The Pomegranate Summer
    Acrylic Painting / 30 x 21 cm
  • Cape Dwarf Chameleon - Painting by Jodi Hugo
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    Cape Dwarf Chameleon
    Painting / 16 x 16 cm