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Ant Hamlyn

(UK, B. 1993 Northampton).

Lives and works in London

Hamlyn's works delve into our relationship and fluctuating enthusiasms towards contemporary life. Working across a cross pollination of handmade and digital making processes his works regularly have anthropomorphic elements that work with metaphor, technology, illusion and timing to create moments of anxiety, awe and surprise through material and visual obscurity.

 

Often creating relics of a recognisable yet parallel place in which nature, products, narcissistic tropes and pseudo-optimistic predictions exist within an obscured contemporary reality. Hamlyn’s aesthetic is taken from a mergence of nostalgia and colour psychology, with references to arcadia, magic and minimalist design. These aesthetic properties and making processes are intrinsic to the simultaneous creation of mystery, familiarity and deception.

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Relocating to London in 2017, he represented the UK at the BJCEM Biennale in Tirana. He was one of the 2018/19 winners of the prestigious Red Mansion Art Prize and is currently published in Aesthetica Magazines '100 Contemporary Artists 2020' printed Anthology. Alongside exhibitions in New York, Moscow, London, Melbourne and Beijing. Ant has built installations for the Zabludowicz Collection, FACT, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Academy and more recently 'B L O O M' at Daisy Green Collection on the Grand Union Canal, Paddington. Many of his works are held in private international collections. His studio is currently in West London. This year (2021) he was shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
 

Ant studied Ba Fine Art at Liverpool Hope University (2012-15 )and Ma fine art Chelsea College of Art (2016-17) after receiving the Cecil Lewis scholarship.