Perrion Hurd

Perrion Hurd was born in Hughes, Arkansas, in 1977, with a pen in his hand and a story to tell. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and moved back to Arkansas in 2011, settling in Little Rock after helping open the Fusion Fine Art Gallery in Bentonville.

About two years ago, Hurd transitioned from painting and illustration to printmaking, and began carving linoleum with a ferocity and intensity borne out in his images. A lifelong scholar and student of the arts, Hurd has studied mythology and ancient art from the time he could hold a book. His works, which tell his stories in what he calls a new mythology, are spiritual and inviting, emphasizing the human figure and geometric shapes.

He studied graphic design and medical illustration at the University of Memphis but considers himself to be more of a self-taught visual artist. His philosophy toward his work is to create something new every day, stay young and free at heart, and grow and learn through positive self-expression. He focuses on the human figure in his work, and his subject matter revolves around his love of music and geometric shapes, with strong lines and bold colors that reflect the influence of the Memphis Beale Street and New Orleans culture, the blues, and jazz. Hurd is also inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s, Picasso, Modigliani, Aaron Douglas, the artists of the Harlem Renaissance, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Southern folk art. Hurd’s paintings are playful and inviting, intended to be enjoyed by people of all ages.