H A Y D N C O T T A M
Haydn Cottam was raised in Merseyside and studied painting at Central St Martins graduating in 1983. Since then he has exhibited widely nationally and internationally.
Haydn Cottam’s beautifully crafted work gestures towards a traditional, classical style of painting. It is based on close observation of life and nature. He developed his ideas alongside his close friends Peter Doig and Gavin Lockhart and has exhibited with them. His portrait works are influenced both by these contemporary artists and by Courbet, Whistler, Stanley Spencer, Lucien Freud and the British ‘Kitchen Sink Painters of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s
Haydn Cottam first came to the Lewes area when he was a student in the early Eighties. He went to a party at Charleston Farm House and was struck by the beauty of the Sussex countryside. The memory of this experience stayed with him and after this, and trips to Dorset, Wales and the Scottish Highlands, landscapes began to appear within the urban interiors in his portrait and narrative figure paintings.
Haydn enjoys nature in a vigorous, active way and spends time walking and cycling through open countryside in various parts of the world. These experiences influenced him deeply and in the early Nineties he began to create large, stunning paintings of spectacular scenes. In some of these, rectangles, or windows within the picture surface suggest changes in light and mood. They show an admiration and respect for the work of Turner, Constable and Casper David Friedrich. His current work confidently celebrates the glory of our relationship with the environment and its mystery and ambivalence.
Haydn now lives in Lewes and his recent work reflects his close relationship with colour and light on the Sussex Downs.
Numerous solo and group exhibitions in the UK and USA