Using installation, collage, print, text and film, Alan Hathaway traces an autobiographical journey
through abstract painting, minimalism, 1960s counter culture, punk, post punk, electronica, utopian
architecture, science fiction and the ‘race into space’. His uses industrial materials, temporary construction techniques and a language of abstract signs to create modular ‘flat pack’ objects – drawing attention to the logistics involved in their production, their temporality, site, audience and shifting historical context.
In his graphic work found archival images are reactivated and abstracted through improvised processes of
cutting, scanning, copying and reprinting – clearly referencing the lo fi aesthetic of 1970s punk and its
roots within Dada and Situationism.
The artist sees all of his work as an ongoing attempt to resist authoritarian systems of control through a
playful examination of form, materiality and cultural experience.
His work has been shown internationally in Copenhagen, Kiev, Sydney and Melbourne and is held in
numerous private collections as well as the The British Museum’s permanent Drawing and Print Archive.
Recent awards include Developing Creative Practice, Arts Council England (2021), CVAN (North East)
Residency Bursary (2020), Individual Artists Respond Fund, Arts Council England (2020), Artists
Production Grant, Creative Factory (2019) and the Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust (2018).