The Home of Hincville - A brief Biography
Mike Hinc is an extended paradox. He has worked as a shoe salesman and a bouncer, a potboy and a theatre manager. He organised the first five ICA Rock Weeks and over the last 20 years has worked as the agent for a variety of musicians including The Sisters of Mercy, The miths, Everything but the giral and Morrissey, but most notably, me.
Hinc paintings deliver visceral bodyblow of line, colour and texture. There are references to Edvard Munch, echoes of De Kooning, tremors of Auerbach but comparisions with other painters are both obvious and odious. In his landscapes we see an uneasy eye investigating lush swipes of colour, etching out turbulent worlds of rustic dissonanace; the picture surface taking on a life of its own as discordant images build into joyous cacophony of primal paint. Paradox? Of course.
When humans arrive in Hincland they are fragile, distracted and absorbed in life. Bristling with intimacy and isolation, their frail flesh in seizure over masklike faces and skeletal limbs. The artists perspective is that of a nervous glance swiftly shot across a smoke filled room in an ill-lit whorehouse. Or is it the acrid incense of a musty church that offends the eye? Paradox builds upon paradox.
Hinc penetrates the reality of the skull beneath the skin but also that of the quiet, private and tender hell that dwells in each and every human. He also makes me laugh. Paradox is the answer to everything - except paradox.
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