Tom Hackney's work draws upon specific historical materials encountered in the process of making, researching and reflecting Despite having primarily worked and exhibited with paint, the artist locates his practise outside a conventional understanding of the medium. Hackney regards painting as both a working territory and a vehicle for communication, but does not necessarily define himself as a painter, prioritising the medium’s potential for translation over a more formal engagement with paint itself.
The dynamic between the eye and the mind features prominently in a number of Hackney’s works, particularly through the correspondence between painting and chess. In both arenas the notional idea of the game space is played out, both on the board or painted grid and in the mind. Resulting works marry the enclosed, self-regulating structures of chess and a precise, deliberately sparing application of paint.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2008 - MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London 2000 - BA(Hons) Fine Art 1st Class, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
Solo exhibitions 2013 - Tremors, Breese Little, London 2012 - Eye to the Ground, R O O M , London 2004 - Scenic Wonder, [space], London 2003 - Suspended Belief, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Group exhibitions 2014 - John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Gallery Liverpool; 2014 - (detail), H-Project Space, Bangkok; 2014 - All Together Now, Breese Little, London; 2013 - Essence of things: New Abstract Reduction in Contemporary British Painting, Ambacher Contemporary, Munich; 2013 - Plural, Breese Little, London; 2012 - Curator's Egg. Altera Pars, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; 2012 - Double Vision, Lion + Lamb Gallery, London; 2012 - Motion Capture, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork Ireland; 2011 - Play for the Sake of Playing, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London; 2011 - Point. Line. Plane, Hannah Barry Gallery, London; 2011 - Urban Dreams/Imagined Futures, R O O M Gallery, London; 2010 - Dark Matter, The Sunday Painter, London