Haroun Hayward - Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction London Thursday, January 12, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Hayward's paintings are a celebration of hybridity, harmoniously converging art historical and musical references with distinct modes of making. The paintings honour what informs Hayward's personal and artistic narrative - rave culture, abstract expressionism, post-war British landscape painting and his mother's textile collection. Growing up in North London in the 1990s, his formative years were spent skateboarding, listening to music with his older sibling and catching the tail end of the English rave scene.
    Hayward explores visually communicate sound, specifically the interconnectedness of repetition in music and pattern in textiles. Repetition and remixing, to borrow from music terminology, are key to the artist's painting process. Often working in pairs, the ‘siblings’ or ‘companions’ create a visual tempo between the two. Here, one light blue and one royal blue ellipse sit side-by-side, as though they were a cropped image in an otherwise repeating, rhythmic pattern. The colour is bright, uplifting, and there is a delight in the various textures of the oil paint, oil pastel and scratched gesso.

    "I want these works to make you feel good. To remind you of the beauty and hope of dancing in a field with your friends."
    —Haroun Hayward

    Haroun Hayward (b. 1983) lives and works in London. Following his MFA from Goldsmiths University and his BA in Fine Art and Painting from Brighton University, he has been included in international exhibitions, including Too Nice, Play It Twice, indigo+madder, London (2021); Drawing Room Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2021); Dance Mania, Wellington Club, London (2020); All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Gadfly, indigo+madder, London (2019); and While Supplies Last, Mount Analogue, Seattle (2019), amongst others. Hayward is currently an Associate Lecturer in the Fine Art Painting Department at Brighton University. 

    • Description

      Image: Damian Griffiths

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    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist and Hales, London | New York


Composition with Mid Blue, Light Blue

signed, signed with the artist's initials and dated 'Haroun Hayward HH.2021' on the reverse
oil, oil pastel and gesso on panel, in artist's frame
38 x 30.4 cm (14 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2022.

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£2,000 - 3,000 


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Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Charity Auction

Online Auction 12 - 20 January 2023