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Open: Wed-Sat 11am-6pm


Guy Haddon Grant: Chimaera

NISO, London

Thu 25 Apr 2024 to Fri 24 May 2024

110 New Cavendish Street, W1W 6XR Guy Haddon Grant: Chimaera

Wed-Sat 11am-6pm

Artist: Guy Haddon Grant

NISO presents Guy Haddon Grant’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. This marks the artist's second collaboration with the gallery following a successful two-person show, "Dust to Dust," in 2023.

Installation Views

Haddon Grant’s latest collection of sculptures delves into notions of duality and hybridization, drawing inspiration from the ancient Greek mythological creature, the Chimaera. Expanding on his exploration of cloud-like totems in plaster, he introduces new elements—representational forms suggesting body parts seemingly extracted from their origins, converting the sculptures into Chimaera-like beings.

This series signifies a revival of the artist’s enduring fascination with classical sculptural figures, a subject he studied while in Florence in 2008. It testifies of the artist’s ongoing experimentation with reconciling both abstract and classical styles into a single oeuvre. The first pivotal piece of its kind, Mother, executed in 2019 marks the genesis of this collection. Mother is to Guy Haddon Grant what Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is to Pablo Picasso: a transition.

Haddon Grant deftly plays with textures to emphasize this dual nature. The abstract elements are richly textures, rough, grainy, and organic forms that bear the imprints of the artist’s hand and brushstrokes. In contrast, the representational aspects, evoking body parts such as hands, faces, paws, eyes, hors, are meticulously polished, boasting soft, rounded surfaces. As the beholder’s gaze navigates the rhythmic interplay of textures, the artist’s guidance becomes palpable, leading the observer through glimpses of realism amidst the turmoil and chaos of plaster.

The forest of confrontational figures force us to ask questions: what remains of the body, when knowledge is stripped away, but matter and form ? How can we understand ourselves in relation to the passage of time, detached from historical context and function ?

Guy Haddon Grant (b. 1986, London), began his studies in Camberwell College of Art before moving to Florence, Italy for two years to study the Renaissance Masters and their techniques. He works in charcoal, candle soot, wax, plaster, steel and wood; creating enigmatic works with a narrative that informs one another. Haddon Grant has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions notably the Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA and the Liverpool Biennale. Solo shows have included, Mind’s Eye, Pi Artworks (2021), Surrender, Roman Road (2019), Apophenia at the Royal College of Art (2014) and Dust and Shadows at Karavil Contemporary (2014).

Courtesy of the artist and NISO, London

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