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The debut monograph on the haunting, tenebrous figuration of the acclaimed Maine painter

Maine-based painter Reggie Burrows Hodges (born 1965) explores storytelling and visual metaphor, often drawing inspiration from his childhood in Compton, California. Starting from a black ground, Hodges develops the scene around his figures, who materialize in the recessive space with foggy, ethereal brushwork.

Hodges' figures are forms that are made sharper, and more haunting, not because we see those things in their eyes, but because we see it in their bodies, their postures, the endless desire for humans not to be alone, and to connect, Hilton Als writes. To that Hodges adds all that wonderful blackness.

This fully illustrated catalog features a selection of works made between 2019 and 2020; a newly commissioned essay by Hilton Als; and an interview between the artist and Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.



Reggie Burrows Hodges, born 1965 in Compton, CA, is a Maine-based painter whose works uncover universal subjects such as identity, community, truth, and memory, and often draw inspiration from his childhood in Compton. His work is held in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR; Nasher Museum of Art, NC; Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME, among others.

Hodges is a 2020 recipient of the annual Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. As the 2019 recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Hodges will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine in 2022.



  • Publisher: ‎Karma Books, New York (April 6, 2021)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Hardcover: ‎112 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎1949172562
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781949172560
  • Item Weight: ‎2.45 pounds
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