Urbe Tenebrosa

Hugo Crosthwaite's new series of work at Tropico de Nopal

By Marialice Jacob
Published on LatinoLA: June 6, 2003

Urbe Tenebrosa

Hugo Crosthwaite's new series of black and white charcoals show mastery of drawing and imagination, revealing forms in strong light and dark shadows (chiaroscuro). Featuring a 24-foot panel that depicts the urban landscape constructs of the "colonias" (Tijuana's poor hillside neighborhoods), Hugo shows contemplation of the everyday and mundane, with austere right angles and forceful straight lines, yet warm, penetrating, romantically human, and tinged with political and sensual nuances.

These are in contrast with his figurative work, which may leave the viewer unexpectedly facing themes of conflict, of religious fervor and ethereal, at times almost absurd, visions.

Hugo Crosthwaite has had solo exhibitions both in Mexico and the United States. Among them "On the Border of Surrealism" at Daniel Saxon Gallery in Los Angeles, and "Tablas de una Novena" at Tijuana's Centro Cultural.

Most recently he participated in the collective show of Tijuana artists "Pintura Fresca" at California State University, Los Angeles, and in the major exhibition "The Perception of Appearances: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing," at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. His work is recognized by art connoisseurs and art lovers alike, and has been documented in numerous publications.

The exhibit ends June 29.

Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space
1665 Beverly Blvd. (between Belmont and Union)
Los Angeles, CA 90026
213.481.8112 nopalarte@earthlink.net

Gallery Hours: Fri - Sat 1-6pm; Sun 1-5pm or by appointment

Special Event
Saturday - June 14, 7- 9pm
Drawing demonstration and conversation with the artist
Artist: Hugo Crosthwaite (Drawing/Painting)

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