Aubrey Higgin British, b. 1993

Biography

Aubrey Higgin celebrates nature in its sublime manifestation: an idyllic landscape charged with unfathomable power. “I want the paint to feel as if it’s alive - dancing on the surface.” His thick impasto technique and vibrant palette mimics all the magnitude of nature, and triggers the viewer’s deepest sensorial memories. Whilst Higgin’s use of vivid colours evokes feelings of positivity, vitality and excitement, his paintings are also imbued with a peaceful aura which exudes nostalgia – a longing for the pre-digital age. Inspired by the Impressionists’ use of light, landscape and a vibrant colour palette, Higgin has developed a unique aesthetic.

 

Aubrey Higgin’s work celebrates nature as an escape from the digitalisation of the modern world. As we experience the world increasingly through a digital lens, we grow distant from nature, losing the opportunity to appraise its unique sense of tactility, depth, and contrast. By employing such idiosyncratic and rich texture in his work, Higgin appeals to the viewer’s senses, helping them to break away from digital domination and restore their waning connection with nature. With the skilful use of fantasy and a unique perspective, Higgin redefines nature on the canvas, endowing it with its primordial vitality, rather than merely replicating the landscape visible to the human eye.

 

Past masters of Impressionism, and in particular Monet, bear significant influence over Higgin’s work. Whilst these influences are recognisable in his practice, he veers away from the formalist Impressionist aesthetic with a contemporary touch, stripping off the details with techniques reminiscent of Gerhard Richter. By abandoning the meticulous attention to details, he allows imagination and memory to freely determine the image, combining order and chance through a thick kinetic application of paint. Higgin thus transforms Monet’s ‘Lilies’ into the likes of a floating island in a sea of light. In this way, the gestural painterly strokes, rather than the composition, become the focal point of Higgin’s work.

 

Higgin often adopts a vibrant yet minimal colour palette that spans gradients of greens, blues, yellow and reds. The build-up of paint through thick layers of oil grants the work a sheer scale of power and presence that are intrinsic to nature. He deploys unusual tools such as builders' painting knives and horse cleaning brushes to convey the gestural rich textures. Because of the sculptural dimension of paint, Higgin’s works beautifully hover between painting and sculpture. The combination of impasto technique and the often nostalgic and romantic aura expresses an idealised and primordial representation of reality.

 

Aubrey Higgin (b. 1993, Cheshire, United Kingdom) currently lives and works in London. He was raised in the Cheshire countryside and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art from Reading University. He has exhibited internationally with Hatch Middle East Gallery (2018) and was selected as one of eight artists for the exhibition ‘Emerging Artists; An Edit’  (2018 ) at London’s Contemporary 45 Park Lane, which was hailed as ‘shaping the future of art’. He has collaborated with a number of charities in his exhibitions, including James’ Place, opened by The Duke of Cambridge. Higgin’s work can be found in private collections internationally, including Geneva, Dubai, Rome and Santa Monica.

Works
  • Aubrey Higgin, Green and Blue waterfall , 2021
    Aubrey Higgin
    Green and Blue waterfall , 2021
  • Aubrey Higgin, Tactile Forms , 2021
    Aubrey Higgin
    Tactile Forms , 2021
  • Aubrey Higgin, Tactile Forms , 2021
    Aubrey Higgin
    Tactile Forms , 2021
  • Aubrey Higgin, Water Lilies Diptych, 2021
    Aubrey Higgin
    Water Lilies Diptych, 2021
  • Aubrey Higgin, Blue Paradise, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Blue Paradise, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Clear Springs, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Clear Springs, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Crimson Red, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Crimson Red, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Gummy Bear, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Gummy Bear, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Lilies at Sunrise, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Lilies at Sunrise, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Lilies in Motion, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Lilies in Motion, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Marshmellow, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Marshmellow, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Purple River, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Purple River, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Sea Soul, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Sea Soul, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Sunfire Waterlilies, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Sunfire Waterlilies, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, The Deep Blue, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    The Deep Blue, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, The Tide, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    The Tide, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Three Valleys, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Three Valleys, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Wild Water Lilies, 2020
    Aubrey Higgin
    Wild Water Lilies, 2020
  • Aubrey Higgin, Hera's Lilies, 2019
    Aubrey Higgin
    Hera's Lilies, 2019
  • Aubrey Higgin, Lilies on Viridian, 2019
    Aubrey Higgin
    Lilies on Viridian, 2019
  • Aubrey Higgin, Unnatural World, 2019
    Aubrey Higgin
    Unnatural World, 2019
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