About the artist

Liam Hayhow aka Gwarm is a London based urban artist who studied fine art at Guildhall and graduated in 2004.

 

Since then he has worked in a wide range of disciplines and has been involved in many creative projects always making his mark and showing influence.  Despite involvement in a wide range of projects he has always been painting and making art, exhibiting his work and selling to collectors around the world.

 

Following his graduation he acquired more skills and developed style and techniques in multiple disciplines.  In 2008 he became involved with an arts collective who opened Cordy House, a disused warehouse in the east end of London.  Cordy House briefly became a Mecca for street art and cultural and creative expression of all disciplines.

 

This is where he met Alex Wreckage and Joe Rush, leaders of the infamous Mutoid Waste Company.  They teamed together along with Garfield Hackett to curate and produce MuTate Britain, platforming the works of over 100 artists across four floors, 8 rooms and 2 warehouses. The second MuTate Britain show, One Foot In The Grove showed the works of even more artists and cemented these events in counter cultural history.

 

Working again with the Mutoids Liam, for several years has assisted production and built large scale sculptural venues at Glastonbury festival.  Helping Joe and Alex build a giant pinball machine, a preying mantis spaceship vodka bar and a plane crash, amongst other things.

 

It was at one of these Glastonbury where their works were noticed by organisers of the Olympic Ceremonies and the Mutoids were invited to work on the closing ceremonies of the of the Paralympic games.  This turned out to be one of the greatest creative projects of the century and Liam headed up the carpentry team as they began construction of giant performance based sculptures on the on the chassis of numerous trucks.

 

Following such an awesome project as the Paralympics was impossible to top however Liam found himself assisting major art collectors Frank Cohen and Nicolai Farham with their dream to build a gallery in central London and it is here at the Dairy Art Centre in Bloomsbury where, tucked away Liam has generously been gifted a studio space and where he has been busy scratching, cutting and painting away.  

 

His recent work reflects the diverse range of abilities he has acquired through applying himself to different projects requiring different skill sets.  Carpentry, welding wiring all play an influence in the process of art making as does his hoarding of found objects within which he sees an intrinsic beauty resulting from the objects exposure to time and the elements. These objects become either the substrate for the art or the focus for the art, they reflect upon the wastefulness of humanity and its constant making of things to serve a purpose and then abandoning them once that purpose is fulfilled.  The waste used to create this art is not everyday throw away rubbish but a selection of unusual and visually satisfying industrial artifacts, the remnants of buildings once standing. The pipes that carried the water, the cables that carried the electrical power, the metal shims between the beams that held the concrete that formed the buildings shell.  These ingredients once vital to the function of a space are now waste ready to be landfill or melted down and reused.  He captures them at that point of uselessness, alters and presents them so that their beauty can be appreciated.  Alternatively he uses his skill as a carpenter to build from scratch a three dimensional substrate to paint on.  Constructing a painted wall sculpture which changes depending upon the viewers position in space.

 

 

 

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