• Biography
    Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1975
    Lives & Works in Los Angeles, California
  • "Hundley creates visually spectacular works of art. He does so not by pumping up the production values of his studio practice but by filtering moments of myth through the people, pictures, and material stuff of everyday life."—Richard Meyer
  • Elliott Hundley expands the traditional notions of collage in a multidisciplinary practice of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography that synthesizes...
    Photo by Max Knight.

    Elliott Hundley expands the traditional notions of collage in a multidisciplinary practice of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography that synthesizes ancient epics, futuristic narratives, and contemporary realities. The resulting works resemble theatrical landscapes that delve into the artist’s psyche, reflecting Hundley’s desire to create a new personal mythology.  

    Moving fluidly across media, the artist utilizes materials as various as bamboo, polystyrene, steel, embroidered fabric, and ceramics. Works on canvas are constructed from layers of meticulously compiled source material and mixed-media elements affixed using industrial fabric pins, developed with painterly marks that recall the sweeping dynamism of gestural abstraction. Often, these works include text fragments, a cacophony of voices both literary and colloquial. The results evoke operatic backdrops, battle advancement maps, or montages of the eternal present. What, from a distance, appears as a tangled frenzy of color and form is revealed on closer inspection as a scrupulously organized ecosystem of smaller-scale components, much like a city seen from above in the darkness. 

  • The gradual accumulation of imagery for an initially undetermined use is a critical element of the artist’s process. At his studio in Los Angeles, Hundley presides over a vast archive of two-and three-dimensional found materials collated from books, magazines, and establishments in his local neighborhood. Categorized alphabetically and according to color or mood, these materials are brought into dialogue with Hundley’s own photography of his family and friends, whom the artist dresses and directs as if characters from a play. While some are evidently protagonists, constituting a focal point on the canvas, others lay among dense folds of visual information, assuming the role of a face in a crowd or phantom figures arising from unknowable depths.  

    Hundley leverages an abiding knowledge of classical mythology and literature to weave a fabric of allusions, informing projects such as his 2011 solo exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, which travelled to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, and took on the Ancient Greek tragedy The Bacchae by Euripides as its subject matter. In 2006, the artist’s installation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, referenced Greek figures Aphrodite, Meddea, and Penelope, and 2016-17, Hundley presented solo exhibitions based on Antonin Artaud’s surrealist 1933 play There Is No More Firmament. His first solo exhibition at Kasmin, which opened in September 2021, took its inspiration from Jean Genet’s 1957 play The Balcony.  

  • In 2019, Hundley inaugurated the exhibition series Open House at MOCA, Los Angeles, exploring how the visual and material logic...
    Photography by Evan Bedford.

    In 2019, Hundley inaugurated the exhibition series Open House at MOCA, Los Angeles, exploring how the visual and material logic of collage has informed artists in MOCA’s collection, as well as his own practice. In Fall 2021, Hundley unveiled a new 40-ft mural as part of contemporary art triennial Prospect New Orleans. 

    Elliott Hundley’s work is included in significant international public collections including The Broad, Los Angeles, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art,  Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Pérez Art Museum Miami, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Vancouver Art Gallery, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Whitney Museum of American Art,  New York.

  • Works
    • Elliott Hundley,, 2023, 2023
    • Elliott Hundley,, 2023, 2023
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    • Elliott Hundley, Palette 6, 2023
      Palette 6, 2023
    • Elliott Hundley,, 2022, 2022
    • Elliott Hundley, (Balcony), 2021 (Balcony), 2021
    • Elliott Hundley,, 2021, 2021
    • Elliott Hundley, Madam, 2021
      Madam, 2021
    • Elliott Hundley, Antenna, 2020
      Antenna, 2020
    • Elliott Hundley, Object II, 2019
      Object II, 2019
    • Elliott Hundley,, 2018, 2018
  • Exhibitions
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  • The Kasmin Review

    Studio Visit

    Studio Visit

    Explore the Los Angeles studio of Elliott Hundley on the occasion of Balcony, Kasmin’s first solo exhibition with the artist. On view at 509 West 27th Street from September 9–October 23, 2021. the exhibition takes its inspiration from Jean Genet’s 1957 play, The Balcony, consisting of ten large-scale panels as well as a suspended sculpture that together epitomize the artist’s distinctive mixed-media compositional style.

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