Hadley Hutton: Starry Peacock

Released Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Starry Peacock, by Hadley Hutton.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Médecins Sans Frontières.

Hadley Hutton grew up in a home filled with color, with a mother who felt that humanity’s greatest invention was the color wheel. Hadley recalls her mom changing wall colors as often as other people change the sheets. Being surrounded by a vivid palette profoundly influenced Hadley, but rather than paint walls, her outlet for her hereditary color addiction is her canvas.

Hadley’s work explores nature and humanity, and their inherent beauty. Her paintings incorporate a blend of traditional painting and modern design, drawing inspiration from Asian patterns and motifs, Victorian die cuts, and geometric designs. The pieces typically start with a mono-print printed on an etching press using ink, watercolor pencils, and handmade stamps. A mono-print is a print made from a plate that can only be printed once (unlike other printing processes where multiples can be created with a plate). The mono-print is sometimes run through an archival digital printer to add geometric elements such as dots, lines or patterns. Finally, the print is mounted on wood, after which Hadley may choose to wax and carve the print, add oil pastels or oil paints, or varnish with an acrylic medium.

Hadley’s philosophy: Less is more. (Except in the case of art supplies – where too much is never enough.)

About the print:
Starry Peacock is part of a series of albino animal paintings: deers, moths, peacocks, horses, and bears. I endeavored to capture the majesty of these glowing creatures as they stand out in stark relief against their surroundings.

This is a digital archival print on 192 gsm archival paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist.


What has inspired you recently?
Lately I have been inspired by a color palette. I am enjoying working with dusky pinks, mauves, periwinkles, and greys. The internet holds a wealth of inspiration; I find new art and design that captivates me, which I am sure inspires new directions in my work.

Why did you choose to pair Médecins Sans Frontières with your print?
I have been a long-time supporter of Doctors Without Borders, and I am happy to continue supporting their efforts to bring quality medical care to people in crisis - regardless of class, race, religion, or political affiliation. The peacock is considered a bird of protection and safeguarding, so I paired the peacock print with Doctors Without Borders, an organization which protects and nurtures people.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
The arts help us define and deepen the human experience, providing the basis for change by bringing us face-to-face with ourselves. Art experiences can be the catalyst for small changes, such as a song changing a mood, or the catalyst for larger changes - for example, the Vietnam War protest songs of the 60's and 70's which helped sway a nation against the war.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I would choose Hokusai. Ironically, Japan's best-known artist, famous for The Great Wave woodblock print, was very un-Japanese during his time. He was known by at least thirty different names. I admire his irreverent and anti-conformist attitude. I would love to get a glimpse into his life, and of course I would love to learn more about his printmaking techniques.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
To name just a few: Charles Harper, Henry Darger, Christopher Silas Neal, Brian Cronin, Jill Bliss, Gina & Matt, Elsa Mora, Peter Callesen, Yuko Shimizu, Old School Stationers (Brian Reed), Studio Olivine (Julie Dutton), Trish Grantham, Lisa Congdon.

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