I’m Sofia Karamani, I’m Assistant Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain.
This is Hurvin’s Anderson’s Jersey from 2008. Hurvin Anderson was born in Birmingham to parents of West Indian descent. He was the only of eight children to be born in the UK – a fact that was central to his upbringing and has largely informed his art.
His paintings evoke a sense of being caught between two places or as he puts it ‘being in one place but thinking about another.’
The scenes he depicts are semi-autobiographical drawn from his childhood his memory or even contemporary experiences, and he deals with his use of identity while echoing historical conflict and a troubled colonial past, but he is capturing mundane day to day encounters or settings, such as places where people go to relax, for example, parks, bars, or barbers shops, just because that's in a way where real life happens.
Jersey depicts the interior of a barber shop in Kingsland in Jamaica. As usual the setting has featured in several works as Anderson keeps going back to explore familiar experiences.
We see two empty seats at the centre with lots of cut hair on the floor and as he is showing a very vivid, multi layered approach, the scene shifts from realistic representation to abstraction which seems to make the painting all that more real, a lived experience. We can almost delve into the artist’s mind and capture a moment of his memory.