Anthony Heywood

The impact of Anthony’s work has been consistent throughout his career, and he has generated regional, national and international coverage because of the nature of his work. It involves using ready-mades natural materials and household detritus. This generates a particular aesthetic which challenges the observer’s perception of beauty. This has created public, press and media interest.

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AHEYWOOD@ucreative.ac.uk


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Buddahs

I chose to use the buddha as subject as it has a universal undersanding and whilst having a form and shape that is instantly recognisable is a form made up of many parts and my versions of buddha embrace using the everyday familiar object that we all use and covet during our lifetimes i have then engaged these items in a process which asks the audience to re-evaluate their position with a throwaway lifestyle.
Materiality sometimes evokes censure, but it is sometimes a celebration. In other words, the use of material makes the viewer consider and re-align its suitability, purpose and above all, actual worth. These works admit the fascination of material objects, but they ask us to question the depth and consistency of our values.

The works illustrated admit and celebrate the fact that our culture is locked into commodities, and they also admit that not even the good iconoclasm of Marcel Duchamp could deliver the artist from sharing this fate. The irony is that it is those who were involved with art and its institutions, contextualised the readymade in the gallery, brought Duchamp into the Pantheon of 20C Art, and by doing so effectively isolated and neutralised the power of the readymade object.