Hugo McCloud’s paintings integrate roofing supplies, tar, steel plates and custom metal work, as well as various other construction materials to create new, rugged compositions. His process oriented work relies on these kinds of ‘real life’ substances combined with textural stamps, which create a cohesive texture between otherwise dissonant materials. His works propose a new idea of beauty that references the history of abstract painting. McCloud’s practice also includes sculpture based on elemental forms of rectangles and squares; unlike more minimalist art objects, his shapes relate to the mechanized, mass produced containers in our contemporary economy. McCloud’s thought process draws inspiration from Instagram images, and revisits the celebration of ordinary objects by artists like Michelangelo Pistoletto and his colleagues in the Arte Povera movement. He is represented by Sean Kelly in New York and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy.