Lot 281 - Haydn Cottam - Tear Away
Oil on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Haydn Cottam's paintings often depict landscapes, which come from the experience of walking or cycling. The more recent work has an intimate feel and sometimes implied narrative created through atmospheric light, a sense of foreboding or contemplation. Scenes bear a silent witness to an event, which the viewer can direct. This may also be a formal construct, which pays tribute to the landscape that he has either journeyed through or delighted in.
After graduating from St. Martins College of Art in the 80s and having worked and exhibited with painters such as Gavin Lockheart and Peter Doig in both California and London, Haydn concentrated on figurative work. In 1990 he was commended in the BP Portrait Award and in 1991 followed this success with winning the BP Travel Award. In 1995 he was the winner of The Carole Foundation at the Mall Galleries in London. The move from figure painting to landscape was gradual and reflects a general desire to be near open spaces and away from the urban environment.
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