Guy Haddon Grant's monochromatic sculptures and drawings lie at the boundary between abstraction and figuration.
His sculptures ascend with casual spontaneity and disruptive force; his drawings, ephemeral in nature, grapple with the tension between density and lightness. Caught in between the traditional and contemporary worlds, Haddon Grant loosened his stroke, abstracting natural forms, prefencing dynamism and emotion over surgical accuracy. At this intersection, classicism bleeds into contemporaneity.
In this upcoming exhibition, we encounter a new body of work driven by explorations around ‘archetypes’. His line of aesthetic investigation interrogates personal tropes which define a decade of his artistic practice. The exhibition develops a highly dialogic environment. Sculptures in the familiar totem format speak to large scale cloud drawings and bone studies, while flirting with smaller candle soot drawings. The works move seamlessly between abstract motifs that are figurative in aspect and visceral structures that seem to follow an internal psychic schema. Aspects of this body of work explore universal symbols, such as the mother, and other primal human individualities. Harnessing the collective unconscious as an ephemeral medium, Haddon Grant captures complex yet familiar human stories in sync with our times and balanced with historical precedence.
Guy Haddon-Grant (b.1986, London) works across the mediums of sculpture and drawing. He started his studies at Camberwell College of Art, London, before moving to Florence, Italy, for two years to study the renaissance masters and their techniques. In 2016, Haddon-Grant was elected a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, notably in The British Figure at Flowers Gallery, London (2015), and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010 at A Foundation, Liverpool (2010) and ICA, London (2010-2011). Recent solo exhibitions include: Surrender, Roman Road, London (2019); Ashes, Dellasposa, London (2018); Dust and Shadows, Karavil Contemporary, London (2015); and Apophenia, Royal College of Art, London (2014)