Nicholas Hatfull

Born 1984, Tokyo

Nicholas Hatfull graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in London in 2011. Exhibitions include Ignorant with the Suncream (Seafroot Delivery), Karsten Schubert, and ‘Newspeak-British Art Now’, Saatchi Gallery. Hatfull is the Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Scupture for 2011-12 at the British School at Rome.

Searching for the ineffable in a mineral water bottle, Nicholas Hatfull tends an effervescent pool of imagery. Goings On About Town presents a repertoire of motifs that speak of dining out, dreams and everyday waste. Symbols of forks, glasses, bins and the water’s recommended serving temperature are grouped with snatches of text and illegibly stylised, opaque forms. Typical Analysis speculates that details of mineral content and consumer enquiry numbers have their own realm of metaphysics. A dying fish from Fellini’s dreams is elided with a motif drawn from graphic design; the artist often makes elisions from distinct echelons of Italian art and culture. States and tones are unstable: carbonated water might become blood, the expressive may run dry. Exploring tangents to this body of work, Hatfull recently delivered HALLO BAGNO HALLO SOMMELIER, singing in reference and tribute to San Pellegrino terme, La Dusseldorf and Giorgio de Chirico.

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