Alan Hathaway’s practice encompasses installation, drawing, print and text.
He is concerned with ways in which artists working predominately with form position themselves as resistant to pressure from social, political and cultural hierarchies.
His placement of monochrome objects and artificial light in relation to both gallery and non gallery spaces, deliberately references expanded abstract painting practices of the 1960s and 1970s: most notably the BMPT group and Supports Surfaces. Most recently he has fused repetitive abstract elements developed through installation, with found and manipulated images taken from archive publications and the Internet. These layered inkjet and photocopy works draw heavily on his obsession with the music, DIY publishing and cover art of the early punk movement.
Hathaway’s practice traces a personal non-linear journey through science fiction, modernist architecture, experimental abstract painting, The Situationist International, counter cultural writing and popular music. In doing so he attempts to map and understand a terrain in which it might be possible for artists to continue to question authority in a meaningful way.
His work is held in numerous private collections, as well as the British Museum’s permanent drawing and print archive. He has exhibited collaboratively at the Centre for Drawing Research, London and in 2017 curated a group painting show hosted by Barbican Arts Trust. He was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2014 and was artist in residence at mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) during 2015-16
His 2019 solo show at Platform A, No Dark Things, was the subject of a critical review published by Saturation Point Projects UK and he has shown work internationally In Kiev, Sydney and Melbourne.
He currently lives and works in the North East of England.
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