It’s not every day the neighborhood plumber walks into a café and casually offers to acquire lead for the owner of the joint. At AP Café in Bushwick, such a gesture is the norm for metal painter and cafe owner Hugo McCloud, who prides himself on fully immersing within his community.
McCloud never shies away from a conversation with anyone who enters his minimally decorated space. In fact, these daily community interactions are a major inspiration for his art. He believes in finding beauty in the ordinary.
McCloud is not your typical self-taught contemporary artist. He bases his art on day-to-day experiences, his travels, and life lessons rather than just on the relationship between patterns within a frame.
McCloud’s latest project, Metal Paintings, rejects art world stereotyping altogether and instead tells the story of his journey to find beauty in overlooked spaces and materials.