Antony Haylock

Biography

Biography
After studying graphics at college Antony, under the name H, teamed with partner Pez and quickly rose to become one of the foremost artists in the late 80’s Rave scene, producing artwork for the first flyers and art installations on a large scale.

As the Rave scene legalised and developed into the UK club scene, H was employed to bring the urban, gritty feel of the illegal warehouses to the interiors of the leading clubs throughout the country.

With this growing popularity there became a constant demand for bespoke commissioned murals and paintings. These works challenged H’s skills to explore new directions in medium and style, providing a great foundation for what lay ahead.

1998 saw H take a change in direction into the world of television as he was offered the chance to work as a Production Designer on the CBeebies TV show Dream Street, working at Pinewood Studios.  After working creatively on a succession of shows at Pinewood, he became nominated for the Guild of British Film Designers in 2004 and worked on several movies over the next few years.

In 2007 H ventured into the world of CGI forming production company Annix with several colleagues.  They created and produced 52 episodes of the CGI hit TV show Little Charley Bear for CBeebies. As Creative Director, H designed Charley Bear and the entire look and feel of the show.  This was one of the first programmes to take the feel of classic children’s shows of the past and present them with modern techniques for a TV budget.

H returned to Southend and formed a Creative Solutions Collective working for London based agencies. Using skills he had honed working at Pinewood Studios, they designed and created many large, weird and wonderful art installations for exhibitions throughout the country. Working for clients such as Sony, LG, Phillips, Panasonic, Pimms to name but a few.

Throughout these years H always produced his own artwork, as well as commissions, however he was never able to fully concentrate on his art in a manner that fully satisfied him. This changed in 2014 when a client who had keenly followed H’s work and career was inspired to make an offer of patronage, affording H the freedom to fully explore the creative process within him and follow his own inspiration.  

The last couple of years have seen an exciting new path of H’s creative journey which is finally allowing him to draw on the diverse avenues of his creative experience to produce paintings and full art installations in a range of mediums, some familiar and some new to him.

In a very short time H has climbed quickly, with his work attracting interest in the contemporary and urban art scenes throughout the UK and Europe.

Interview

Interview 28/ May/ 2020. In the UK Lockdown:

How are you doing now?

Doing pretty good, COVID free and the suns out!

Whats lockdown like for you?

Busy! I started 3d printing Visors for the NHS and it suddenly took over everything with the demand! £10,000 in funding raised and over 2000 visors made and distributed to NHS, District Nurses, Care Homes, Police etc etc. Also funded local teams of seamstresses making scrubs and gowns. Managed to find time to do my hut and a few commission pieces amongst all that too though!

Are you able to work/ where is your studio normally? What's your current set up.

I’ve mainly worked from home but been able to pop into the studio from time to time which is local to me and has been a good break. Didn’t go to Durham though!

What projects are you working on now?

I featured in the Krause Gallery of New York’s online show and sold quite a few pieces through that, which also gave 20% to Meals on Wheels for the elderly in NYC. I have a painting commission I am doing and have also been working on some new pieces that I hope to be sharing in the coming weeks.

Is lock down / coronavirus having an influence on your work?

I found it difficult to concentrate initially with the early days of the virus reaching the UK and lockdown, but the visors helped me snap out of that and now am glad to be able to spend some time looking into my new pieces.

Which artists/ instagram accounts are you most addicted to now?

instagram.com/paxtonglew Paxton Glew obviously! Ha! Not overly been following anyone particularly but scrolling through to find anything interesting that catches my eye… that isn’t a half naked woman standing by their easel pounding flesh for likes… "move out the way and lets see your art for what it really is! Haha!

What are you listening to/ reading/ watching when you can?

Been listening to some old bands from my youth recently (yes there was music back then!), not been reading much, but have consumed loads on Netflix like many people have!
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