Defence of the Inanimate - Tin Mug By Antony 'H' Haylock from Antony 'H' Haylock

Defence of the Inanimate - Tin Mug By Antony 'H' Haylock
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Antony 'H' Haylock knows how to have a little fun with art. His work centres around iconic, inanimate objects which, as he says, contain "the power to evoke an emotion, a memory, a visual time stamp." H's prints artfully blend high-impact compositional technique with tongue-in-cheek wit to produce an appealing aesthetic. The 'Defence of the Inanimate' series deftly showcases H's artistic approach, blending pop-art themes and styles with fine art skills and a penchant for word play. 'Defence of the Inanimate - Tin Mug' represents the conceptual start of the series. As 'H' describes, the discovery of a tin mug in an antique emporium triggered the memory of a childhood book, in which a group of inanimate objects come to life. H so enjoyed the notion of the mug's irascible character - animate and exclaiming "Mug!? Who you calling Mug?" - that he put paintbrush to paper to create the first image of the series. It's charmingly minimal: an iconic Falcon Ware, blue and white mug, chipped and ageing on an off-white background, with the words 'Who you calling mug?' scrawled onto the front in blue lettering. Bold, brash and fun, the piece is beautifully executed to maximum impact.

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