Banner image: 'What's Happening' (2015); Embroidered cotton on a vintage table centre


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Affiliation with Shape: Featured in our Shape Collection, exhibiting artist throughout some of the Shape Open exhibitions over the years.

Artist Statement  

Jack Haslam’s work is about friendship, loyalty, and control. Haslam love for animals has been a major influence in his life and is a driving force within the work. Haslam states - What others might consider minor and unimportant details are the things that inspire my work. I am fascinated by the minutiae of different animals: the gorilla’s cheeks and the anteater’s claws. My portraits of animals appear fanciful, majestic and, at times, desperate. My cognitive problems mean that I have difficulty relating to humans. I find them unfathomable at times. Animals help me manage my feelings of isolation and allow me to build bridges with people. 

Haslam also sees himself as a printmaker, painter, model maker, and photographer. In his early work, Haslam often used dolls which became the vessels of hopes and dreams.  Haslam’s work enables him to act out concepts he finds hard to understand through other means, the needs for control is a theme running through all subjects and media. He has to keep things still in order to record the moment. Haslam stated, I am always searching for things that I think exist, but in fact do not. In my frustration, I try to make them materialise through my work. For this reason, I tend to use repetition and recurring images.  

Owl - Jack Haslam

'Snowy Owl' (2015); Embroidery 

Haslam made a short film with Ben Fredericks who curated the Shape Open 16 and planned this exhibition of wildlife mono prints produced from the Barbados.

Things I Love About Dogs 2014

'Things I Love About Dogs' (2014); Digital Prints

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