(UK, B. 1993 Northampton).
Lives and works in London
Ant Hamlyn’s work delves into magic, the body and our relationship with modern technology to explore our shifting enthusiasms towards contemporary life.
He creates situations that present the viewer with an opportunity to experience a surreal or transient state of flux. Producing kinetic sculpture, illusions, large scale public installations, paintings, text sculpture and drawings. He offers up ideas in which do not act as hyperbolic motivational offerings but delve into a surreal, transient and humorous state of being.
He describes his role as a facilitator in a visual and tactile performance of material and metaphor. Producing anthropomorphic scenarios, manipulating recognisable forms, language, fairground lights, buttons, mirrors, motors and the internet to act out parts in dystopian predictions, real-life anxieties and bodily imperfections. Often deliberately working with a striking arcade-esqe and over saturated aesthetic to lure the viewer. Hamlyn then presents a flip side, an alter ego or a far from glamorous underpinning.
He was one of the 2018 / 19 winners of the Red Mansion Art Prize, his works are held in private international collections and have featured in exhibitions at venues such as Royal Academy of Arts, Zablodowicz Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, Pablo's Birthday, NY, Saatchi Gallery, FACT, Science Gallery Melbourne. He has exhibited extensively across the UK and overseas including shows in London, Beijing, New York, Norway, Moscow, Melbourne, Madrid and Albania. In 2020 he was published in Aesthetica Magazines '100 Contemporary Artists 2020' printed Anthology.
Ant Hamlyn graduated in 2017, MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and has a BA in Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University.