Höglund’s latest suite of paintings are made in the color field tradition and are heavy in with intellectual weight expressed in layered detailing. The artist uses wine as his primary medium along with his signature technique of applying an underpainting of drawings made in metalpoint, often featuring silver, gold, and lead point. These large-scale works are in conversation with the famed 11th Century quatrains of The Rubáiyát, by Persian astronomer and poet Omar Khayyam.
In these paintings, Höglund utilizes experimental materials and techniques to heighten interconnected rituals of divinity and collective celebration as inspired by the ancient poetry of Khayyam. Citing figures as varied as Shiva and Dionysus as inspiration, Höglund’s wine paintings encourage a collaborative interpretation that amplify the mystical and the poetic.
Steeped in philosophy and language, Richard Höglund produces paintings and works on paper, all grounded in what he views as the most fundamental expressive form: drawing. As he explains: “Drawing is about making marks, and those marks need to be sensitive and responsive. The lines need to be unmediated as much as possible, to be made with the least amount of obstructions between mind, hand, tool, surface.” Using repetition and seriality along with nonobjective forms and patterns, Höglund’s lines are the fundamental layer within all of paintings.
For Höglund, the act of drawing is as close as we can get to our thoughts before they become inevitably altered by language. The artist employs metalpoint to bring drawing into paintings without diminishing the value of the handwritten line. Utilizing pure silver, gold, iron, lead, bismuth, and copper, and Höglund uses alloys such as bronze, electrum, tin, and lead.
Höglund studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and semiology at MIT in Boston, USA. He holds a MFA (DNSEP, 2008) obtained at the Haute école des arts du Rhin, in Strasbourg, France. In 2013, Höglund was selected by Tacita Dean to participate in her workshop at the Fundación Botín in Santander. His paintings are considerations of history and language.
Richard Hoglund, Symposium, The Bonnier Gallery, Miami