Hamish Pearch (b. 1993, London, UK) earned his BFA from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) in 2015 and received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London, 2019.
The artist reflects on the complex structures humanity occupies, exploring the materials, objects and spaces that make up our worlds. Through sculpture, installation, drawing and sound, his practice gives form to human experiences and systems that are mundane and magical in equal measure. Pearch’s sculptures mix, merge and remake forms to create objects of instability. Found objects, natural forms and commonplace materials are used alongside cast and modelled sculptures made from Jesmonite and resin. In other cases, objects seem frozen on the brink of metamorphosis. These volatile objects present material and metaphorical meeting points, where everyday objects slip between states of reality and the unconscious.
Selected solo exhibitions include ‘If things were different’, Galeria Mascota, Mexico City (2022); ‘Happy Birthday, Dear Speed’, Quench, Margate (2022); ‘Amygdala lost and found’, Sans titre, Paris, (2021); ‘Thames Mud’, Front, Brussels, (2021); ‘Head Above Water’, Belsunce Projects/Manifesta 13, Marseille (2020); ‘Nights’, Soft Opening, London (2019) and ‘On a day like this’, Sans titre, Paris (2018).
Curated and selected group exhibitions include ‘Day by Day, Good Day’, Union Pacific, London (2023); ‘Cheirokmeta (Things Made by Hand)’, Sperling, Munich (2023); ‘Je suis la chaise’, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2022); ‘The Art of Mushrooms’, Park Serralves Foundation, Porto (2022-2023); ‘Civil Twilight’, Ginny on Frederick, London (2022); ‘All season sanctuary’, Mendes Wood DM at Retranchement (2022); ‘Glitch: The City as Palimpsest’, Cooke Latham, London (2022); ‘La Psychologie des Serrures’, CAN - Centre d’Art de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (2021); 5th Edition, Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer, London (2021); ‘Mushrooms’, Somerset House, London (2020); ‘Schools Show’, Royal Academy of Art, London (2019); Ana Prata and Hamish Pearch curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli at Kupfer, London (2018); ‘Go’, Soft Opening, London (2018); ‘New Relics’, Thames-side Studios, London, (2018); ‘Premiums’, Royal Academy of Arts, London, (2018); ‘Addams Outtakes’, Roaming Projects, London, (2017); ‘Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour’ (co-curated and exhibited in with William Rees) at J Hammond Projects, London (2017); ‘Le Laboratoire’, Sans titre, Marseille, (2017); Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Primary, Nottingham and ICA, London (2015).
Hamish Pearch’s exhibition at Belsunce Projects won a grant from Fluxus Art Projects and the artist was a finalist for the XL Caitlin Prize in 2016. He took part in the Launch Pad LaB residency program (La Boissière, 2020).