Nicholas Fudge “is a secretive and enigmatic artist, somewhat of a lost resource to the contemporary art edifice that developed around his friends and colleagues” * - now popularly known as the YBAs. Fudge studied at Goldsmiths College under Michael Craig-Martin and Jon Thompson and was at the heart of the group of artists who jump-started a cultural revolution in the British art world of the late 1980’s. With the exception of showing his work in a group show with other YBA artists Sarah Lucas, Mat Collishaw and Keith Coventry (in a show curated by Michael Landy) at Karsten Schubert, for over twenty-five years Fudge went completely underground and moved to America to make his work on the road and in solitude.
During those years, Fudge never showed his work to anyone and kept his paintings in storage and his entire digital oeuvre on out-moded Mac OS hard drives that are almost entirely impossible to access by anyone with a modern laptop. While the digital economy accelerated over the past twenty-five years, Fudge has been using the Duchampian stratagem of ‘delay’ both within the work (as each image is ‘frozen’ in time to reveal the hidden micro-processes of an image’s creation) and as a method for exhibiting works retrospectively (as he has only recently begun to exhibit this body of work).
* From: ‘On Inhabiting Delay - Nicholas Fudge’ (2015), by Phil King (Editor of Turps Banana Magazine).