Ian Hugo

About Artist: Ian Hugo was born Hugh Parker Guiler in Boston on February 15, 1898. His childhood was spent in Puerto Rico (a "tropical paradise" the memory of which stayed with him and surfaces in both his engravings and his films) but he attended school in Scotland and graduated from Columbia University where he studied economics and literature. He was working with the National City Bank when he met and married Anais Nin in 1923. They moved to Paris the following year where Nin's diary and Guiler's artistic aspirations flowered. Guiler feared his business associates would not understand his interests in art and music, let alone those of his wife, so he began a second life, as Ian Hugo. Ian and Anias moved to New York in 1939 and the following year he took up engraving and etching, working at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 established at the New School for Social Research. Hugo began producing surreal images that often accompanied Nin's books. For Nin his unwavering love and financial support were indispensable, hugo was "the fixed center, core...my home, my refuge" (Sept. 16, 1937, Nearer the Moon, The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1937-1939). A fictionalized portrait of Hugo appears in Philip Kaufman's 1990 Henry & June.

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