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54. Antony ‘H’ Haylock

Fuck it Bucket

Estimate: £2,000-3,000

Signed and dated (lower right)
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm.
Painted in 2015

Antony Haylock, who works under the name 'H', studied graphics in the 1980s and teamed up with the artist Pez to produce artwork for the first flyers and art installations of the late 80s UK Rave Scene. The duo quickly rose to fame and became one of the foremast artists for the genre produce large scale murals and installations. 

As the 1980s Rave scene legalised and developed into the UK club scene, H was employed to bring the urban, 'gritty' feel of the illegal warehouses to the interiors of the leading clubs throughout the country.

With this growing popularity there became a constant demand for bespoke commissioned murals and paintings. These works challenged H’s skills to explore new directions in medium and style, providing a great foundation for what lay ahead.

As with many of his artworks, the artist combines punnery and surrealism in the titles of his artwork to add tongue in cheek humour and provoke dialogue between viewers. 

H says of Fuck It Bucket, "As with a lot of my work, I reflect on social commentary, and none quite so bold as the Fuck It Bucket! Having found a voice for inanimate objects in my series called Defence of the Inanimate, where I do just that, and give voices or make statements using objects that create a connection to the viewer through reflection and/or nostalgia. Having been struggling with a situation and moaning to a friend about it, they paused after a repeated conversation and said… “you know what H, you need to chuck that in the Fuck It Bucket, and move on!”… in that instance I imagined the enamel bucket with the blue painted edging, and then set off to my local antique shops to find what I had imagined. I did actually give a physical Fuck It Bucket to that friend as a thank you for their ear and inspiration!"

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Saatchi Gallery, London, SW3 4RY