In Inky Blacks and Earthy Pastels, Reggie Burrows Hodges Crafts Collective Portraits

Reggie Burrows Hodges, “On the Verge: Green Field” (2020), acrylic and pastel on linen, 36 x 28 inches

In Reggie Burrows Hodges’s worlds, everyone is in motion — jumping hurdles, dancing, farming, riding a bike. Still, the paintings inspire a sense of stillness and tranquility. Spread out along the walls at Karma, the artist’s New York debut permits space for quiet reflection. 

Within these vibrant portraits, unnamed figures undertake leisurely and arduous tasks in idyllic settings. Faces are blurred and imperceptible, yet somehow evoke a sense of intimacy rather than alienation. Without identifying facial characteristics, we instead focus on the subjects’ actions and surroundings.

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