Through the use of installation, drawing, print and text, Alan Hathaway’s practice traces a personal non-linear journey through experimental abstract painting, science fiction, modernist architecture, The Situationist International, counter cultural writing and popular music.
His large scale modular paintings, made using aluminium composite, plywood, LED light and temporary clamping systems, deliberately reference the ambition and form within expanded painting practices of the 1960s and 1970s, most notably the BMPT group and Supports Surfaces. Hathaway’s self sufficient, low cost, flat pack works are designed to traverse gallery and non-gallery contexts, asserting their resistance to logistical issues of display and suppression from social, political and cultural hierarchies.
His most recent work fuses repetitive abstract elements developed through these installations, with found and manipulated images taken from archive publications and the Internet. These stark and powerful layered inkjet and photocopy works draw heavily on his obsession with the music, DIY publishing and cover art of the early punk movement.
The artist sees all of his work as an on-going attempt to understand and map a terrain in which authority might be questioned 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 Copenhagen, Kiev, Sydney and Melbourne.
He currently lives and works in the North East of England.
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