Haroun Hayward  |  Not Applicable


Haroun Hayward © courtesy of the artist


What do we need to know about the work you are exhibiting at Not Applicable?

Both pieces are the result of my interest in ancient and modern forms of ritualistic ecstasy. Dance Planet / Ecstasy was formative in developing my research into pattern and rhythm in electronic music and how that relates to pattern and rhythm in the visual. 


How do you interpret the term ‘Not Applicable’? 

The term not 'Not Applicable' feels like it refers to all of my life before the pandemic. Nothing applies to life going forward in exactly the way that it used to. 


What’s the best part about your practice?

Having the time and space to paint.



Which artists have been your big influences?

Bruegel the Elder, Sonia Delauney, Phillip Guston, Anwar Shemza, Natalia Goncharova, Paul Nash, Ed Ruscha, Stanley Spencer, Edward Burra 

Haroun Hayward © courtesy of the artist


Which things do you remind yourself every morning? 

To meditate.


What wouldn’t you do without?

Oolong Tea.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Work hard.


What’s the best piece of advice you would give ?

work hard!


Name something you love, and why...

Forests. For succour.


Recommend 3 songs/books/articles/magazines/podcasts

The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley
The Sellout by Paul Beatty 

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