A British Artist Nicholas Hatfull’s first solo exhibition in Asia “Thermals of the Heart” at THE CLUB

Installation View, Nicholas Hatfull ‘Thermals of the Heart’, 2019 ©️Nicholas Hatfull
Courtesy of THE CLUB, Photo by KEI OKANO

Thermals of Heart recently opened at THE CLUB. It is the first solo show by young emerging British artist Nicholas Hatfull. It is Hatfull’s first ever exhibition in Asia. He was born in 1984 and studied at Royal Academy Schools in 2011. THE CLUB is a contemporary gallery located in Ginza, Tokyo. For this exhibition, the artist presents 14 of his most recent paintings.

Hatfull currently lives and works in London. He has global presentation around Europe. He had participated in a group exhibition held at Saatchi Gallery in London, and his works are collected by the prestigious American collector, Beth Rudin DeWoody.

Hatfull finds inspirations from objects and scenery spotted in his daily life such as ice cream, motorway and hanged clothes on a clothesline. The interesting feature is that he handles these objects and landscapes with his unique technique to make the images flow and translucence into the canvas by using iPad sketches and spray paint. The reason why he expresses the images in this way is they become fragments of memories which arouse nostalgia.

Installation View, Nicholas Hatfull ‘Thermals of the Heart’, 2019 ©️Nicholas Hatfull
Courtesy of THE CLUB, Photo by KEI OKANO

Hatfull is also deeply influenced by Yasujiro Ozu’s films e. He found images from Ozu’s films delicately reflect our daily life.

“Wind tousling grass, wind animating laundry; recurring vignettes in Ozu Yasujiro’s transitional sequences. …And it is his color films particularly that have strewn images in my memory; futon covers, shirts and towels.”-Nicholas Hatfull”

Installation View, Nicholas Hatfull ‘Thermals of the Heart’, 2019 ©️Nicholas Hatfull
Courtesy of THE CLUB, Photo by KEI OKANO

Audience can find how Hatfull combines scenes from film with his own observation of objects and scenery and creates imaginary landscape which is surreal yet somehow intimate. His dreamlike paintings stimulate our sense.

Trying to find clue of realities in these paintings may offer you a pleasant journey. It is unsure how we should assort realities and illusion. Which is reality and what else is illusion? A scene from movies can be classified as reality compare to Hatfull’s imagination. However, scenes from movies are also sort of imagination and illusion because it is also non-fiction and directed by human.

This exhibition helps cultivate our perspective and insight.  “Thermals of the Heart” opened from June 29th to August 24th. Opening hours : 11am to 7pm. For more information: http://theclub.tokyo

Article written by Jeongeun Jo
Jeongeun Jo is from Korea now living in Japan. She is one of the member of TRiCERA who graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA/ Geidai). She is also working as an artist herself .

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