Studied fine art at Newcastle University (1991-1995), and the Royal College of Art (1998-2000). He creates hybrid works that incorporate paint, digital print and photography, and defy neat categorization. Earlier works saw him concentrate on historical epochs of expansion and transition. Using the conventions of portraiture and figure painting to construct large-scale tableaux vivants - alongside intimate studio portraits - to explore moments of great change, but also of ambiguous merit.
In recent works, he has chosen to use a relatively confined space in which to construct each scene. And, working with a set of simple objects, his focus has been the placement and positioning of objects and figures in space (and in front of a camera) as a means to explore notions of gesture and intentionality within the process of image making. His works operate in an area between painting and photography, in terms of the language that they employ and the process through which they have been made.
Hodgson has collaborated with the poet Dan Burt on a book entitled Cold Eye. In 2010 he was a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Group exhibitions include ‘Beauty by Design’, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2014-15); ‘Image Search: Photography from the Collection’, Pérez Art Museum Miami (2013-2014); ‘The Battle of the Somme’, Imperial War Museum, London (2006). He has held solo exhibitions at University of Cambridge, UK (2010); Feigen Contemporary, New York (2005); M.K.Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas (2004).