Maywood Artist To Make Public Debut At Hometown Library

Sunday, March 18, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A self-portrait of Maywood artist Eddie L. Hudson, who will have his first exhibition at the Maywood Public Library on March 24. | Courtesy Eddie L. Hutson/Facebook 

“Every child is an artist,” said Maywood native Eddie L. Hudson, whose own passion for art was cultivated at Proviso East High School.

Now, after years of focusing on his professional career and nearly a decade after renewing his passion for art, he says he’s ready to make his major public debut.

On Saturday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Maywood Public Library, 125 S. 5th Ave., Hudson will host his first exhibition.

Hudson studied fine arts in college before going to work in the software industry. When he isn’t at work performing quality assurance, he’s thinking about, and working on, his art.

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Hudson’s “Storm’s Coming” (2015), which is part of the series “Linen.” | Eddie L. Hudson 

“I actually came back to painting and drawing nine years ago,” the artist said in a recent interview. “I decided that it’s time to give it a shot again and see what type of attention I get. This will be my first exhibition. I live in Maywood and grew up here, so I figured I may as well start here.”

Hudson said that he’ll debut a series of works he’s been developing for five years. One series is “Linen.”

“That started off with pictures of folded cloth with wrinkles in it,” he said. “Before I knew it, all sorts of ideas came out of that.”

The Maywood artist said that his creative process starts well before he starts drawing or painting.

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Hudson’s “Somewhere, in some heap, a Pile of Cans,” (1984). | Eddie Hudson 

“Most of the time, my work starts with a simple line,” he said. “It’s also as thrilling to stretch a canvass as it is to do the work.

“By the time I apply the paint, I’ve gotten the inspiration to say, ‘I think I know where this is going.’ I do a lot of journaling about my art and I come up with themes that way as well.”

Read more on Hudson and his work at his website hereVFP 

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