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Dom Heffer - studio

Dom Heffer CV

My approach to painting is to use it, like a prosthetic, to apprehend the World.

Painting shapes your consciousness; there is nothing else like it for developing, moulding, and pushing ideas.

Many things inform my research; historic events, communications technologies, semantics, cinema etc;

The paintings are often populated by pseudo-humans that I like to call ‘Stooges’. These Stooges are generally in some sort of predicament: teetering on floating platforms, fighting with peculiar machines or having an existential crisis.

These ‘meta-narratives’ act as a spring board into painting – but are often fractured as painting progresses.

In a nutshell – I am attempting to create images that are humorous, responsive, critical and aloof. My intention is that viewers will ‘watch’ them, as if they will move when your head is turned.

BIO:

I was born in 1978 on the outskirts of south-west London, and moved to Hull, where I am still based, to study fine art in 2001.

Work in the studio is central, but I often work on participatory projects, with other artists, museums, galleries and educational organisations. This is an important aspect of my work; as it provides opportunities to see how ideas ‘plug in’ to broader social contexts and larger groups.

I am a founding member of Feral Art School; an artist led organisation which supports artists’ development in the region whatever their ability or background. I’m also artistic Editor of ‘Etc;’ the Journal of the Institute of General Semantics, a New York based research organisation, set up in 1933 – by Alfred Korzybski, a Polish/ American polymath, who believed that our missuse of symbols is responsible for most of our individual and social problems.

Selected solo exhibitions include ‘Extensions’ (2021 Visual arts centre, 2013) and ‘Ideas/Matter’ (Kag Gallery, 2014) and I have presented work at The Institute of General Semantics (New York) and the Media Ecology Association (Bologna).