Hugo Guinness (born 1959) Linocuts in Vintage Frames
A biographical sketch of
Hugo`s earliest memories are
of walking hand in hand with his twin sister Julia and his nanny Miss
Lyons. They walked most days in the magical parks
of Kensington, London, looking at the trees,
the dogs, the old ladies feeding the pigeons. Sent to boarding school
at the tender age of seven, Hugo spent much of his spare time in the art
department making figures from empty loo rolls and cornflake packets.
Later he made a large three-legged horse from plaster of
paris which stood in the
garage of his home until it was run over by his mother. Although he won
a painting prize at school, his artistic nature was not encouraged.
Eventually he prevailed upon his parents and went to art school in
London to study studio pottery. The success of his business brought
Hugo to New York in 1995. In 2002, Hugo showed his early linocuts of
underpants and battleships to John Derian. They became friends and John
encouraged Hugo to do larger work. He has had four shows at the
legendary store since then. Hugo lives in Brooklyn with his wife Elliot
Puckette, the painter, and they have two daughters; Isabella and
Violet, and a canary. Wilson Stephens are the sole representatives for
Hugo Guinness in the UK.