Lot 180 - Hardeep Pandhal - Tolkien Artist
Ink and Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Inspired by actual events, Hardeep Pandhal works with extremely rare images and voices to transform feelings of disinheritance and disaffection into generative spaces that bolster interdependence and self-belief. Applying practices of associative thinking, his research-led artworks exhibit syncretic strains of post-brown weirdness. Across media, his works are imbued with acerbity and playful complexity, at once confrontational and reflective.
MFA. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
BA (Hons) Fine Art. Leeds Beckett University, Leeds
Foundation Diploma. Birmingham City University, Birmingham
Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The work is associated with an ongoing graphic Bildungsroman, which began in the mode of a sword and sorcery adventure based on reality, telling the story of a brown man on a collective quest to see a performance by a Tolkien-inspired black metal band. This story culminated in a battle between the brown man’s party and a group of black metal fans, climaxing with “tentative stomps to the head” of the brown protagonist. This moment, and its retelling, enabled the artist Hardeep Pandhal to both enter and sense himself entering what he calls MIDIevil states of being, states in which rare and honest parallel thoughts are manifested in images and sounds. The wider project that Tolkien Artist belongs to is concerned with detailing the causes and effects of becoming MIDIevil.
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