Artist Bio



Isaac Huggins is a Perth-based multidisciplinary visual artist with a vast practice spanning printmaking, painting, drawing, assemblage, textiles, fashion design and exhibition curation.

Having completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at ECU in 2022, and a qualified telecommunications technician by trade, Isaac incorporates industrial processes into his artistic practice as his way of bridging the gap between art and life itself. 

Since completing his studies, Isaac has been heavily involved within the Perth Arts sector, working as a visual arts tutor, art technician, installation/lighting technician, exhibition curator and a co-founder of a new artist-run-initiative – ‘Holmes Studio’, a shared studio and workshop space in Forrestfield, WA.

Isaac Huggins’ current practice can be viewed as an ongoing exploration into the psychological impact of advertising on the human condition. Employing an energetic and multidisciplinary range of processes, Huggins articulates this impact through large scale backdrops reminiscent of billboards or advertising hoardings draped on multistorey scaffolding. Images are sourced from both High and Low culture, and unexpected narratives emerge through abrupt convergences and critical alignments. The generation of these often non-linear narratives are also informed through a complex gestural vocabulary that is indebted to street art and the detritus of late modern gestural abstraction.

Huggins’ critique of advertising also extends to the art market, its inherent power structures and governing hierarchies, which are referenced through compositional ruptures and visual anomalies.

 

My artworks have been exhibited in:

  • On-site art activation; including installation of x4 large scale murals, life-sized props & stage design for ‘OriginNYE’ Festival - 2019
  • ‘ArtsHum2020’ Graduate Exhibition @ ECU - 2020
  • ‘Meanwhile...’ Gallery opening night - 2021
  • ‘But Honestly I’ – Online group exhibition, a collaborative project between Edith Cowan University & National Art School, Sydney - 2021
  • Curated and exhibited in group exhibition - Analogue Memories & Digital Daydreams at Paper Mountain, Northbridge - 2021
  • Finalist in the City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award - 2021
  • Finalist in the City of Stirling Art Awards - 2021
  • Finalist in the City of Bayswater Art Awards - 2021
  • ‘Bodies of Work’ PAWA Member’s Exhibition @ Moore’s Gallery, Fremantle - 2021
  • ‘ArtsHum2021’ Graduate Exhibition @ ECU – 2021
  • ‘BOOM Cicada’ Fashion Graduate Showcase @ ECU – 2021
  • Curator for ‘HERENOW22: Outside In’ @ Spectrum Project Space, ECU Galleries (Fringe World Variety Line-Up Weekly Award Winner) – 2022
  • ‘Extricate’ @ Mundaring Arts Centre – July-September 2022
  • ‘Framed/Unframed’ – PAWA Member’s Exhibition @ Nyisztor Studios – June-July 2022
  • Fine Art @ Hale – 30th Anniversary Exhibition – July 2022
  • VISArts22 Grad Show Fundraiser Exhibition @ ECU Mt Lawley – July 2022
  • ARTSHUM22 Graduate Exhibition @ ECU Mt Lawley - November 2022
  • Fine Art @ Perth College - March/April 2023 
  • Curated and exhibited in PAWA Contemporary Media Print Awards @ Moores Building Contemporary Arts Gallery, Fremantle – April 2023 
  •  Hatched 2023: National Graduate Exhibition @ PICA, Northbridge – May 2023 
  • ‘Crossroads & Convergences’ – Group exhibition @ Nyisztor Studio – June/July 2023 
  • Fine Art @ Hale Exhibition – July 2023 
  • ‘Hee Haw’ @ Lawson Flats – December 2023/Feb 2024