Ugonna Hosten
Lives & Works in Kent, United Kingdom
Born in Nigeria and migrating to the UK as a child, Ugonna Hosten's work explores the notion of duality as being central to the human experience. Themes of myth as a genre of reality, and the realm of the unconscious, are prevalent in Hosten's work. Striving to convey the dimensions of the self and its connection to a collective unconscious, the artist's explorations build on a rich legacy and tradition of Igbo storytelling and myth making.

Drawing on her Igbo spiritual heritage, Hosten pulls mystical experiences into the 2-dimensional plane of her drawings. The accuracy of her draughtsmanship sits in opposition to the esotericism of her subject matter, rendering impossible totems and blurred bodies with the precision of an anatomical drawing or a photograph.

Exhibitions include chi; Altarpieces, Liturgy & Devotion, York Art Gallery, York (2023); Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm, One Paved Court, London (2022); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2021); Tŷ Pawb Print International, Wales (2021); Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London (2021) and Humanalia (n.), One Paved Court, London (2020).

Ugonna Hosten will be presented by Ed Cross Fine Art.
Ugonna Hosten, The fluency of Isato, 2024, Charcoal & gouache on paper, 114 x 150 cm. Courtesy of Ed Cross Fine Art.