Simon Haddock Statement

EXPERIENCE

 

A wide variety of experiences inspired me to be an artist and make art. My childhood, Jobs I have done and Interests I have developed that fed my painting.

As a child I was exposed to a lot of traditional art. My parents did a seventies version of the grand tour around Italy with very little money, camping and driving luggage packed cars that constantly broke down. I was exposed there to some of the most amazing art on the planet. I was inspired by  early Renaissance greats  like Paolo Uccello or Pietro and Ambrogio Lorrenzetti, relatively overlooked Italian painters who pioneered early perspective systems.

This interest in structure and perspective drew me to modernist architecture. I am interested less in the great pinnacles of modern architecture than the humble post war high-rises punctuate every city in the world, unobtrusive monuments to a mass-produced utopian dream.

Structure, decay and the street. I am fascinated by the care with which objects are cast onto our streets like inadvertent art installations, urban still life’s in the tradition of Morandi or de Chirico, Malevich or Mondrian.

After college I worked as an Exhibition builder in the Tate, Hayward and other major show spaces in London. I would experience these half built spaces as ruins. I’d be wrecking walls and building them up to pristine whiteness from skips of piled rubbish, the invisible dirty process of the art world. These patterns of destruction and spacial order had a strong influence on my process of making and exploring painting.

I dance and teach Argentine tango, play and teach chess and make sourdough bread obsessively . All require a certain kind of structured improvisation ( there is no choreography in tango) and relate, although not literally to my approach to painting.

I’m a single parent living in South East London with three fabulous children. Alessandro and Julia live with me. Annwen lives in Wales. As an estranged parent to her I travelled by car to see her every two weeks during her childhood. The motorway and the road generally, I see as a meditative connecting space and is an ongoing theme in my work.

SHOWS

‘Europa’ installation and solo Exhibition December 2016

‘Housework’ Group Exhibition November 2015
‘Autocatalytic Future Games’ Group Exhibition June 2015
’10 x 10′ Article 25 Group Exhibition, London Nov 2014
‘New Paintings’ Solo Show The Asylum, London Aug 2013
’10 x 10′ Article 25 Group Exhibition, London Nov 2013
‘Growth Area’ Charlie Dutton Gallery, London Jun 2011
‘Occupied Order’ Charlie Dutton Gallery, London May 2010
‘Constructure’ Standpoint Gallery, London Apr 2010
‘We’re in Construction’ Galleria Glenda Cinquegrana, Milan Jun 2008
‘Into the fold’ Standpoint Gallery, London May 2008
‘Tiffosi’ Vertigo Gallery, London Jun 2006
‘Under Pressure’ Vertigo Gallery, London Apr 2005
‘Surface’ Vertigo Gallery, London Nov 2004
’20th Anniversary Exhibition’ Paton Gallery, London Nov 2004
‘Halogen’ Paton Gallery, London Apr 2002
‘Into the Hills’ Paton Gallery, London Jun 2001
‘Reception’ 126 Kingsland Rd, London Dec 2000
‘Arcadia’ Paton Gallery, London Sep 2000
‘End of Free Recovery’ Paton Gallery, London Jun 1999

EDUCATION
MA DIP Royal Academy Schools, London 1996 – 98
Diploma in Landscape, UWE bristol 1995 – 96
BA Hons. in Fine Art, UWE bristol 1991 – 94
Foundation in Fine Art, W.G.I.H.E Swansea 1988 – 89