THE LOVERS: Hedley Roberts
9 - 25 May 2014
THE LOVERS, an exhibition of Hedley Roberts’ new and recent paintings featuring portraits that propose notions of desire, ritual and the potentially macabre with unsettling masked/unmasked visages. Sometimes painting in the dark, the artist immerses himself in a process of material concealing and revealing until the work reaches a position of otherness.
Hedley’s art practice meditates on themes of ‘love, love lost and love lamented’. The pathos in his expressive figurative paintings considers our searching for completeness, our desires for connectedness, our longing to fit, blend, merge with or wed another. His work can be contextualised by Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, psychoanalytical theory, the work of Merleau-Ponty, the romantic narratives of popular music and film, and cultures of image-blogging.
Hedley Roberts’ work has been presented nationally and internationally, including at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts Japan, Superdeluxe Gallery Tokyo Japan, Artoll Germany, Annexe Gallery Malaysia, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art Singapore, Susak Biennual Croatia, O3ONE Belgrade, Milch Gallery London, APT London and SALE Venice. His work is in several private collections in the UK, Europe and South East Asia.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1996, Hedley went on to study MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. In 2012 he completed his Doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London with his Doctoral “Love and Other Stories; Kissing, Inbetweenness, and Mutual Give and Take”. Dr Hedley Roberts is Head of Art & Design at the University of East London and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also the Director of the International artist residency and pedagogical practice-as-research programme "Directional Forces".
Hedley was born in Germany in 1972, grew up in Cornwall and lives and works in London.