Ant Hamlyn is a British contemporary artist working in sculpture, drawing, painting and kinetic installation.
His works delve into our relationship and fluctuating enthusiasm towards contemporary life and regularly have anthropomorphic elements that work use metaphor, technology, illusion and timing to create moments of anxiety, awe and surprise through material and visual obscurity. Often creating relics of a recognizable 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.
B. 1993 in Northampton and currently working in West London.
Education: Chelsea College of Art, MA with distinction with Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship in 2016/17. Liverpool Hope University in 2015 with a first class honors.
Awards: Winner of Red Mansion Art Prize in 2018/19 after representing the UK and the UK New Artists at the 18th European & Mediterranean Biennale BJCEM in Tirana in 2017.
In 2020 Hamlyn was published in Aesthetica magazine’s ‘Future Now’ 100 Contemporary Artists. This year he is shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.
Selected exhibitions and commissions: Royal Academy of Arts, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, FACT, Victoria and Albert Museum, Daisy Green Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, Saatchi Gallery, Science Gallery Melbourne, Royal West Academy, Pablo’s Birthday, Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, Manchester Contemporary, Ingram Collection & Lungley Gallery. His works are held in multiple international collections
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