Charles Hadcock

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Charles Hadcock was born in Derby in 1965 and now lives in the North West, based in Preston. He studied fine art at the Royal College of Art, London (1987-89), specializing in sculpture, and in 2004 was made a fellow of the RSA. In April 2007 he was made a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, one of only 10 individuals in the country. In 2008 he was made a Fellow of The Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Hadcock’s monumental sculpture reflects his interest in geology, engineering and mathematics and is enriched by references to music and poetry. Finding that forms observed within the natural world are often the source for solving practical design problems, Hadcock has utilized this both at first- and at second-hand. His direct observation of rock surfaces, for example, has provided sources for the surface of his sculptures, while he has appropriated items such as designed or engineered solutions for packaging and machinery of various types. These, cast in other materials, become components for his sculptures.

Image["Caesura V, Photographer: Henryk Hetflaisz"]

Caesura V, 1996-2009
Cast Iron

Caesura V takes its title from a pause near the middle of a line, or a break between words within a metrical foot, specifically in Greek and Latin poetry. Hadcock’s Caesura series of sculptures celebrates architecture, engineered construction, rock textures, fragmentation and mathematics – the latter being particularly central to Hadcock’s work. “Mathematics comes to the fore in planning how a sculpture will work. A curve drawn with a free hand on paper requires more than just good will to make it work in solid three dimensions. Calculating how a sculpture can be segmented into identical shapes, so that casting from a single form may be achieved with economy, needs a mathematical mind.”




Photo of Charles Hadcock: Henryk Hetflaisz


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