Based in New York, Alex Hubbard has focused on painting and video art throughout his career to date, forging an innovative and highly distinctive creative language. Hubbard’s work has gained increasingly in international recognition and the artist has been exhibited at major institutions worldwide, including The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art (PS1) in New York as well as Tate, St Ives. Hubbard is intrigued by the idea of suggesting movement within painting, and he considers his work in the two different media of film and paint to be closely complementary. Dead in Pompeii reflects this concept through its energetic whorls of paint that seem to dance across the surface of the canvas, interspersed with drips and washes of pigment. Hubbard employs quick drying paints, and has declared that: “With these paintings, the issue is the drying time… Working with quick drying materials was a way to take a lot of the decisions out of the paintings; it was a way to make the gesture into the creation” (the artist cited in: Exhibition Leaflet, London, Zabludowicz Collection, Painting in the 2.5th Dimension, 2013, n.p.) Dead in Pompeii immortalises a moment in time from this creative process whilst brilliantly capturing the spontaneity and bravura technique of Hubbard’s painterly language.