Self-described interdisciplinary painter, Hugo Koha Lindsay lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. His works are minimally abstract; he is unafraid to embrace an unprimed, raw canvas, or crumpled scraps of discarded fabric, and he often leaves behind traces of the studio floor. The spray-painted strokes that sweep the canvases are gestural and raw, with a seemingly no holds barred approach that contradicts the crisp and defined areas of contrasting colour. Lindsay’s works are like working drawings, the layers are evident under paint and texture; nothing is hidden but each element adds up to a cohesive whole.
Lindsay is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland (2015 – current), following the completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design (2009 – 2012). Despite his young age, Lindsay has acquired a number of awards and notable recognition including the prestigious Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award (2015). His first major award was the Francis Erwin Hunt Scholarship (2011), followed by the Walker and Hall National Art Award Zini Douglas Merit Award (2014), Parkin Drawing Prize (2015), and Lindsay was the major award winner for Molly Morpeth Canaday; Painting and Drawing (2016). Lindsay has exhibited across New Zealand and in 2016 Gow Langsford Gallery mounted his first solo show. Hehas works held in the Tattersfeld Collection and the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection.