Today's post comes from Mark Hayward, a London based artist whose comically familiar work is available in our Grey Area space now!
I am currently showing with a number of galleries both in the UK and abroad and am involved with a number of projects and groups shows, including Maison Twenty and the Grey Area at Browns. Its always nice to get the work outside of the gallery and Browns is a really great place to show in. It has a really personal feel and It was great fun meeting the staff and installing the work.
My work has developed greatly since I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009 but at its core has been the use of my faceless comic characters to describe situations. I always found myself imagining strange compositions that mixed familiar images with unusual circumstances; fresh twists on familiar scenes, things that were at first hard to get across until I found my characters.
Because I now don't have to worry about the identity of the figure, I can concentrate on the situation they find themselves in and I only give them enough clothing and props to tell the story in the picture. I find that if the situation is a little strange it helps if the elements that describe it are clear and direct - just like the use of humour calls for quick recognition to be able to understand all the elements of the joke and to get the punch line across.